Workstations are invariably structured such that everything can be accomplished as quickly as possible without you having to get up – take emails, for example, which mean you no longer need to stand up and take a letter to the post office. But just sitting down is bad for you and back pain has long since become a widespread phenomenon. Companies are trying to counteract this by offering staff yoga courses – or new office furniture such as ergonomic office chairs, stability balls, or seat wedges destined to strengthen back and abdominal muscles.
The Danes have gone a step further, and the Health & Safety at Work Inspectorate obliges corporations to offer staff tables at which you can both sit or stand. After all, the rule of thumb is you should spend about 60 percent of your time sitting, and 40 percent standing. If this is borne in mind, not only can you pre-empt back pain, because by stretching and moving more oxygen enters your metabolism and you quite literally refresh your mind and body. And the best thing is to try this for yourself. For the tables that are best suited to this end, and are well-designed into the bargain, simply browse the compilation of new stand-or-sit tables. Or check our database. (mm)