For almost a year now, Tina Kessler Marquis has been working with a DT2 sit-stand desk at work. She knew that she was sitting too much, and that her days at the office felt long and tiresome, but she didn't realize the true culprit until she made the switch. Since switching to a sit-stand desk, she's standing and moving more and more throughout the day. She feels a renewed sense of energy and focus at work, and she's happy to share her story here today!
Initially, no. I was so excited to try it out and was committed to giving it a proper go. After the first few days I realized that if I was going to be standing most of the day, I would need to wear supportive shoes. I also found an anti-fatigue mat to be a helpful addition because it means that I can stand for longer periods of time without feeling tired.
Now I can't imagine going back to a regular desk. Standing and moving have become a part of my daily life at work. I feel better and I believe my work has improved.
I'm definitely more focused at work. I feel I am more productive and less likely to be distracted. When I am already standing, I find myself making more frequent trips to the kitchen to get a glass of water, to speak with colleagues or to go to the photocopier. That is, I'm moving and walking more often, which is truly better for me.
Just about anything I do on my computer at work can be done easily while standing. Reading and responding to emails, working in a database, spreadsheets, and word documents are done while standing. I do find that I prefer to sit while collaborating with others on my team or working on printed documents, but I think I also see times like this as an opportunity in the day to leave my desk anyway.
When I started using the sit-stand desk, I became more conscious of the little things I could be doing in my life that would benefit my health. For example, opting to take the stairs, or just getting out for a short walk at lunch. After all, I was already upright most of the day and felt I might as well keep going!
Thank you Tina for your feedback! If you are interested in learning about which sit-stand desk might be right for you and your work space, please contact Fitneff directly for a consultation.
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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.
You could say that Jim Wachtel occupies a front-row seat in the corporate health and wellness industry. And, because of his job as a health care cost-containment strategist, he spends a lot of time in that seat, whether it’s in his office, in his car, or on an airplane travelling for work.
But, he's literally taking steps toward better health without compromising his productivity. Read how he's no longer sitting down on the job with the Walktop Treadmill desk by Fitneff.