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The easy way to vary your posture

The easy way to vary your posture
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Your body is made for movement and the best posture is not a static position but one that is constantly changing. It is important that you vary your position at regular intervals, particularly at work where it’s all to easy to sit down all day. The best way to keep moving is with flexible interior solutions that encourage a healthy posture and make it easy to change position. Find out how your office furniture can support a healthier lifestyle.

 

Alternate between sitting and standing

When you stand up to work, you activate your muscles, improve your posture and increase your blood circulation, which is good for both the brain and the body. A sit-stand desk is a wise investment that provides returns from day one in the form of increased wellbeing. This type of desk makes it easy to change your position throughout the working day, letting you alternate between sitting and standing as often as you like. Height-adjustable desks come in lots of different designs and colours to fit perfectly in all kinds of office environments.

 

Challenge yourself on a balance board

Standing up strengthens your muscles and burns more calories than sitting but standing on a hard floor can cause discomfort. It is best to stand on an anti-fatigue mat, which is designed to increase comfort and relieve your legs, knees and back by providing a supportive surface underfoot and encouraging micro-movements. If you want to challenge yourself, stand on a balance board instead. As well as improving your balance, the board keeps you moving in all directions, which increases your blood circulation. The balancing exercises will also strengthen the muscles in your legs, hips, ankles, abdomen and back, leading to better posture.

 

A good office chair is invaluable

Trying to avoid sedentary working does not mean that you are never allowed to sit down. On the contrary, sitting down now and then relieves your knees and feet. However, keep in mind that the chair should be suitable for the number of hours you spend at the desk each day. A good office chair can be adjusted to your height and weight, and provides effective support for your arms, lower back and legs. It helps you sit properly by following your body's movements. When it comes to chairs no one size fits all, but the right office chair is a real asset, both for your wellbeing and your performance.

 

Active chairs keep you moving

If you want to vary your posture easily, an active chair is a simple solution. This is an innovative ergonomic chair that moves the body automatically by forcing you to maintain your balance on the seat. It includes seats such as motion stools, balance stools, balance balls and saddle chairs, all of which activate the back and torso muscles, improve posture and increase blood circulation. Moreover, the movement feels so natural that you will barely notice the work your body is doing. Perfect.

 

Slow and steady wins the race

A desk bike is good news for anyone who has a sit-stand desk and wants to take care of their health. You don't need to do a full workout to get the benefits of cycling, a slow and low-intensity pace is all it takes to break the damaging cycle of a sedentary lifestyle. The pedal resistance can be adjusted to suit your fitness level and ability. A display will show time, speed, distance and the number of calories burned, making it easy to measure your progress.

 

Keep the positive effects going

If standing to work is good for your health, then moving while you work is even better. The question is how. The answer is simple: get a desk treadmill. The motion will burn more calories and increase blood circulation, which boosts oxygen and energy to both the body and the brain. As with the desk bike, a slow, steady and comfortable pace is all it takes, you don’t need to go fast or work up a sweat for it to have a positive effect on your health.

 

Stay active even during meetings

A standing meeting table is also a good investment since you need to vary your posture during meetings as well. Research shows that we are more creative and better at collaborating when we stand up compared to when we sit. Plus, concentration increases, which is why standing meetings tend to be shorter and more efficient. Should the meeting be longer than anticipated, it is easy to lower the table and sit down for a while. And even then, you can alternate between sitting in a classic conference chair or an active chair. Movement is easy!

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