Benefits of Height Adjustable Desks

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Benefits of Height Adjustable Desks

midi up - Office Furniture Cape Town International studies have found both health and productivity benefits when Height Adjustable work surfaces are used in the workplace. Electrically operated AHA (Automatic Height Adjustable) desking frames provide a high quality CE marked product comprising the BOSCH electronics and other European components which meet various standards, specifications and tests including the ROHS environmental framework. Benefits of height adjustable work surfaces and alternating between sitting and standing at work include:

  • Significant decreases in the severity of musculoskeletal
    discomfort for most upper body regions
  • Reduced spinal shrinkage is found in workers who
    stand for portions of the day
  • Body part discomfort decreases an average of 62
    percent and the occurrence of injuries and illnesses
    decrease by more than half.
  • Workers take shorter and fewer breaks and productivity
    is increased
  • Employers are able to adapt desking to suit employees
    of various heights and body shapes. Those with back
    conditions and disabilities can be accommodated.
  • Fat burning enzymes shut down when we sit down.

The Health Benefits of Using a Standing Desk at Work

The main problem with most computer work stations today lies in a fact that would seem contrary to natural instinct: the human body as a whole is designed to be in motion, and not to be sitting for extended periods of time. Movement is imperative for spinal health, by improving circulation and reducing muscle fatigue.

Relief from Static Muscle Fatigue may only be achieved through muscle movement. Increased blood flow to fatigued muscles occurs when standing and walking, which re-energies the muscles. According to the most recent research people need to get out of their chairs and move at least five minutes per hour.


When you sit all day, even in a healthy ergonomic sitting posture, your overall health goes into decline. A recent landmark study focused on more than 73,000 women found the risk of death from heart disease to be nearly three times higher among people who sit the most, compared to those who sit the least.


When the human body is standing, pressure on the intervertebral discs of the lower back is fairly low, much lower than when we sit unsupported. Standing uses about 20% more energy than sitting however, so your body tires more quickly than sitting.


Alternating between sitting and standing positions is critical for us to keep our bodies healthy and prevent illness. Regular movement adjusts the amount of load being put on the body, increases specific body part rest intervals, and thus reduces the adverse effect of risk factors.


The mere act of standing on your feet makes you burn three times as many calories as you would burn sitting in your seat. A study done at the Mayo Clinic shows you can burn an additional 340 calories a day if you spend just two hours of your work day standing in lieu of sitting.


Height adjustable desks allow management to easily adapt a desk to a wide variety of people (aging, disabled, obese, 5th and 95th percentile), instead of trying to adapt a diverse workforce to one or two fixed desk configurations. This adaptability allows users to work using their bodies’ optimal “Neutral Posture” – which is the work posture where your body is at its strongest and most efficient.

Adjustable height desks allow the user to select a working position that is ideal for their body.

Employees who alternate between a sitting and standing positions will have more energy, experience reduced fatigue levels, and reduce their risk of injury caused by working in one body position too long. Height Adjustable desks allow multiple users to quickly move the work surface to meet their individual needs.


Employees who don’t have the flexibility to get away from their workstations every hour will benefit tremendously by using a sit-stand desk that allows them break from their static posture without leaving their work area. The investment organizations make in adjustable desks takes a preventative step towards reducing employee discomfort and injuries.

In many circumstances, the combination of increased productivity, along with the savings on workers’ compensation expenses alone are enough to offset the investment in adjustable desks. Workstations that are ergonomically designed may also reduce or eliminate sources of work related stress.

Woman at Height Adjustable desk

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