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Sitting all day is not good for you. Really not good. Here’s why.
Jul 7th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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Emerging science has data that suggests it is dangerous to sit all day.  Health benefits increase the more time you spend standing or walking daily.

Forty three different studies published last week, indicate for the more time you sit, there is an increase in chances of colon, endometrial, and lung cancers.  The study suggest each hour you sit reduces your life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

How sitting affects the human body:

Sitting burns 50 fewer calories per hour compared to standing or walking.  Leg muscles need to work more to keep you upright and balanced and that burns an extra 50 calories per hour.  Instead of sitting for 8 hours, if you stand for 4 and sit for 4, you burn an extra 1,000 calories per week without changing your diet or exercise.  If you do this for a year, it is the equivalent of 50,000 extra calories, roughly the same as expended in running 15 marathons.

Other ill effects of sitting:

Sitting based idle muscle cells release much lower amounts of lipase, an enzyme that helps eliminate fats from the bloodstream and helps maintain higher levels of HC (higher “good” cholesterol.

Your body also becomes more resistant to insulin when sitting.  And genes that normally suppress inflammation are also altered when you sit, possibly contributing to increased cancer rates observed.

Of course, work is not the only place you sit.  Time watching TV at home impacts health too.  Research shows that watching 4 or more hours of TV a day (while sitting) increase heart attacks, chest pain, or other cardiovascular disease even when controlling for diet and exercise.  And more time sitting also increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 112%.

So what should you do?

Step 1:  Get up from sitting.

Find time to systematically get up from your desk.  Stand and walk while on the phone.  Stand during meeting.  Install your printer farther from your desk to make you get up every so often.

Step 2:  Opt for a standing desk or sit/stand desk.

Adjustable Height Desk - YouTube 1 Minute Video

Adjustable Height Desk – YouTube 20 Second Video

If you work at in a cubicle, have one work surface set for standing (works with desk surfaces that are supported by cantilevered supports) and one for sitting (experts recommend taking sitting breaks rather than stand all day to reduce strain on your heels and knees).  Or convert your work surface to sit/stand by replacing the desk legs with mechanical or electrically adjustable legs.  Most manufacturers offer just the legs to help keep your investment lower.

Step 3:  Try to cut down on your TV hours.

If you have a dog(s), take them out a little more often (good for them and you).  Or simply take a few short walking breaks every few minutes during otherwise sedentary periods.  With new TV technology that allows you to “save” programs for later viewing, use it.  You will not miss anything and be able to speed through stuff you’d rather not watch anyway.

Implementing Flexible, Adjustable-Height Workstations
Dec 19th, 2013 by I-SV Host

SUNING selects Indoff-Silicon Valley as their commercial interiors supplier.

Height Adjustable Desk - Initial Delivery 3 Days after Order

Height Adjustable Desk – Initial Delivery 3 Days after Order

SUNING, the largest privately held Chinese firm recently opened their first USA based operations, a Research and Development Center in Palo Alto California.  Their first office is a starter facility, designed to establish a base of operations for planned growth.  So their furniture had to provide for the needs of the startup staff, accommodate the host of visiting guests and potential employees, and be flexible for relocation as staff grew and their new, larger facility is prepared.

Indoff-Silicon Valley was retained by SUNING to transform SUNING’s initial business furniture layout plan into US products that could be acquired quickly given the tight “time-to-open” schedule and quality requirements.  Plus, SUNING needed a supplier that felt completely comfortable translating back and forth between Chinese and English – both for language and measurements.

Height-Adjustable Workstations – the first priority

Adjustable Height Desk - Installed with ceiling fed Power/Data Grid

Adjustable Height Desk – Installed with ceiling fed Power/Data Grid

When SUNING’s space became available for move in, the first priority was new employee work stations, planned to be adjustable height tables served by a power/data grid spine-divider.  Indoff-Silicon Valley was able to provide the adjustable height workstations, in SUNING’s color scheme, 3 days after receipt of order.  So SUNING’s initial staff had places to work fast.

Indoff-Silicon Valley provided electrically adjustable work stations with C-Legs, (white work surface and silver legs) to accommodate different staff needs, help avoid the risks of prolonged sitting, and promote standing staff interaction/collaboration.

Each table has four user defined pre-set heights so that height changes between low & high are consistent for different staff (plus a display shows work surface inches from the floor as a guide for placement).  Throughout the day, as workers change heights, they reduce fatigue and have an overall increase in work performance (validated by a 2004 Intel Corporation Study).

 

 

Adjustable Height Desk - YouTube 1 Minute Video

Adjustable Height Desk – YouTube 20 Second Video

To see the table in action, visit our YouTube video <click here>

For more information on Height-Adjustable workstations and how to convert existing cubicle work surfaces and desks to sit/stand, contact Indoff-Silicon Valley today <click here>

Finally, a real computer workstation that catches up with future science fiction.
Aug 30th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Fatigue reducing, productivity enhancing, Okamura Cruise Computer Workstation

Fatigue reducing, productivity enhancing, Okamura Cruise Computer Workstation

The future of a great computer work station is here – NOW

In 2004, I was watching i,Robot, a movie staged in the year 2035, where a techn-photic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.  Being in the Office Furniture business in San Jose at the time, I was fascinated by a futuristic computer workstation that the robot used during the moving that had a very rounded, molded look, which wrapped around the robot giving arms length access to all functions.  When I got the DVD, I even stopped at the look and photographed the image to remind me of its’ look.  OK – I’m just hung up on great looking furniture.

Try as I might, I can’t find the image on the Internet and not wanting to offend Twentieth Century Fox, I’m not publishing that personal use picture I took of the futuristic work station.

Travel on to 2013 – Finally I see a new computer workstation design that comes close to that futuristic dream – the Okamura Cruise.

The Okamura Cruise design starts with an innovative change in the user’s posture at the work station.

You get unprecedented comfort and concentration by the Okamura Cruise “low-seat, rear-tilt” design.  A design based on an industry-academia joint project, the Cruise uses human body engineering techniques, that sought to understand the physical characteristics of the human body, what the body’s needs are and apply that understanding to the chair and workstation design.

The low-seat, rear tile posture places very little stress on the human body and literally allows the computer user to focus on the results of his or her work and not be fatigued as the day/hours ware on.

Space saving, while giving a sense of personal space, Okamura Cruise Workstation

Space saving, while giving a sense of personal space, Okamura Cruise Workstation

Multiple Styles – from personal workstation space to group clusters

One version (Type A) gives a very unique, personal work space that uses round panels to provide privacy and focus.  This design, with its surrounding panels, give you a higher work concentration.

In a more casual setting, this design and the accompanying mix of styles, options, transforms what could be a very bland invironment into wonderful, functional spaces that facilitate collaboration a very open liberated feel.

The Type C space greatly improves space efficiency (more workers per square foot), fitting in a more formal setting yet at the same time, enhances the ability of individuals to work effectively for long hours in front of a computer while simultaneously reducing fatigue.  It creates a diverse space that is well suited to group work and yet provides a sense of personal, productive space.

See the futuristic Okamura Cruise workstation at the Northern California Facilities Expo

Indoff – Silicon Valley (officefurnituresanjose.com) will display one the Okamura Cruise workstations at the upcoming Facilities Expo September 24 and 25.  Come and see this innovative, futuristic workstation that is available now at the Expo.  Contact us for tickets or additional information <click here>.

Okamura Cruise Workstation - the future of highly productive, personal space, fatigue reducing work space is here

Okamura Cruise Workstation – the future of highly productive, personal space, fatigue reducing work space is here

To Learn more about this futuristic open office, collaborative promoting work station

To learn more about the Okamura Cruise system, visit the Okamura web site by clicking here.

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