April 29, 2016
By: Heather Lielmanis
Okay, so you’re ready to switch to a sit-stand desk, and have committed to a new way of working that does not including sitting for long periods of time. Congratulations! You will feel more energized and productive, and in no time, you’ll be telling everyone how you don’t know how you ever survived without it.
Before you get started, there are a few things that will help your transition to your new dynamic approach to work. These simple accessories will allow you to stand comfortably and move freely between sitting and standing without interrupting your productivity.
No longer being chained to your desk means that you no longer need to be tethered to your phone. Even though wall phones with long cords are all but obsolete in the home environment, many offices still feature desk phones that don’t allow you to move beyond the length of the cord, approximately 1 meter in most cases.
While you could easily move from sitting to standing while talking on a traditional desk phone, it would be much easier to do without balancing a receiver between your ear and your shoulder (not to mention the fact that holding a phone this way is not healthy from an ergonomic perspective). A wireless headset not only frees your hands to seamlessly elevate or lower your desk, it also provides the freedom to use your hands and arms for other things, such as stretching or tossing around a weighted hand ball. You could even step away from your desk, if you have the space, and take a few laps of the office.
While breaking up long periods of sitting with intervals of standing comes with many benefits, it is important that you are supported. The thick cushioning of an anti-fatigue mat provides support for your back and legs, thus ensuring that you will have a comfortable experience. By preventing soreness and reducing fatigue, this unassuming accessory will help you to stay on your feet longer.
Fitness trackers have become extremely popular over the past few years, and for good reason. Research suggests that using a fitness tracker may help to provide the motivation and accountability you need to achieve your fitness goals. “Our devices are designed to blend into daily life,” explains Allison Swelin, Garmin Health Sales & Marketing Manager. “The vívofit, for example, has a distinctive red Move Bar that gently reminds users when it’s time to start moving again. The device is capable of learning a user’s activity level and using it to set a personalized, attainable daily goal.”
Happily, physical activity and steps taken during the work day count towards your daily goals. So why not track them? A fitness tracker may be just the device you need at work to be reminded to get out of your chair and get moving.
Making a change, or starting something new, requires commitment in order to be successful. Becoming more active in the workplace is no different. A healthy attitude, and these simple accessories will ensure that you are supported as you make the transition to a sit-stand desk, and ensure that the transition is seamless and successful.
Heather Lielmanis is the VP of Business Development at Fitneff Inc. Fitneff is dedicated to providing innovative products and solutions that help busy people make their productive time more active. Fitneff offers a full suite of walking desks, sit-stand desks and active accessories that allow you to incorporate movement into your work day.
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Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.