Over the past several years, a variety of reports have been published explaining the health benefits of sitting less. Based on these studies, it’s safe to say that standing & moving is healthier than being glued to an office chair for 8-12+ hrs/day.
Unfortunately, we’ve received numerous reports from
corporate customers lamenting that they spend thousands of dollars on luxurious
electric standing desks only to see their workers sitting 90+% of the
time. This feedback led us to ponder:
If we know that standing/moving is healthier than sitting, why do we still choose to sit most of the time?
Perhaps it’s the conversion process. Once you’re sitting in a normal office chair, it’s soooo nice, comfy & convenient that it can be difficult to go … all … the … way … back to standing. Contemplating solutions that would encourage people to stand more frequently led us to ask:
What if you had a higher chair?
Would sitting higher provoke you to stand up more?
From internal testing and external customer reports, we’ve discovered that the combination of
(A) fixing desks at a comfortable standing
(B) sitting on a taller chair
makes it much easier, faster, and more likely that you’ll move between sitting and standing.
Moving between a tall chair & standing generally takes less effort than moving between a low chair and standing. Check out the knee & hip angles in these two photos to get an idea about the effort required to stand up:
If you work from a desk and are interested in trying to stand up more, consider fixing your desk to a comfortable standing height and investing in a taller chair such as a drafting chair or the Wobble Stool.