Sitting is the new smoking; we’ve all heard that sentence being bandied around the last few years. Numerous studies have been conducted that suggest sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to some pretty significant health concerns. Things like heart disease, high cholesterol, increased chances of stroke and even cancer have been attributed to the mere act of sitting down. Not to mention the bad posture it can lead to, plus muscle weakness it causes. For those of us who have desk jobs and find ourselves sitting in front of a computer for eight or more hours a day (plus sitting on the train or in the car on the way to and from work, in front of the TV when we get home, at the dining table…), this is some pretty harrowing research to hear about. So, what’s the solution? First off, we should get our bodies up and moving a lot more than we do now, but what about when you work in an office?
Standing desks. Yes, you’ve seen them around. Maybe you’ve even tried one. They’re hardly a new idea, but their popularity has certainly increased over the past few years. There’s a whole lot of research that demonstrates the benefits of simply standing. It helps to improve your posture by strengthening your spine. By standing and opening up your chest, as opposed to sitting and hunching forward, your circulation and breathing improves. Plus, standing and moving around more can help to boost your productivity and mitigate the annoying afternoon slump. There are a tonne of options out there to choose from, but not all of them are good. One stellar choice, however, is MOVI.
The MOVI Standing Desk is designed by Daniel Angelini, whose first foray into building standing desks was a makeshift one crafted from random IKEA pieces. It didn’t take Daniel long to start feeling the benefits of standing at work, so he set about researching and creating a far more sophisticated option than his first DIY project.
MOVI is an add-on, so it can be placed on top of your existing desk. It features adjustable legs that can extend up to 44cm (17.5″), which is ideal if you’re quite tall (as tall as 6ft 5″) as not many desks go that high. The desk adjusts in increments of 1cm, so you can really tailor it perfectly to your height. At the push of a button it lifts electronically and it also has the capability of remembering your preferred height so you don’t have to manually adjust it each time.
At 115cm wide, the MOVI Standing Desk offers ample space for your computer, keyboard, mouse, notebooks, tablets, and whatever else you need on your desk. It’s crafted from sustainably sourced bamboo, and the legs come in either a crisp white or sleek black. It’s refined and simple look allows it to easily fit into existing office set-ups without messing up the design of the space.
MOVI is integrated with some neat pieces of technology, like a USB charger, as well as a timer that reminds you to move every so often. The desk has also been fitted with technology that’ll allow the brand to introduce apps for your phone in the future too.
If the idea of sitting being the new smoking has you reconsidering your desk job, tear up your resignation letter because there is a better solution. The well-designed standing desk from MOVI is a great option for getting on your feet at work, and a great start to a healthier lifestyle.