There are many aspects that go into having a productive work day including your attitude, health and motivation. All of these can be altered and determined by good posture. Good posture leads to a healthy productive work day. Sitting with poor posture for most of the day and constantly standing without support will eventually lead to pain. Today, there is evidence to back the importance of altering your position while working.

Identifying the problem(s): Sitting for long periods of time can lead to pain, discomfort and eventually deteriorate your health. When you sit your posture becomes bent which can strain and weaken the ligaments that support the spine. Being in a slouched-over or slouched-down position can overstretch the spinal ligaments and increase pressure on your spinal discs.

Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression and cancer. Cardiologist Martha Grogan explained that for people who sit most of the day, their risk of having a heart attack is equivalent to smoking.

Likewise, standing for long periods at a time can lead to problems including aching muscles, corns, bunions and excess pressure on hip, knee and ankle joints. Other issues include lower limb swelling, varicose veins and back pain. Coronary heart disease and arthritis can also be worsened by standing for long periods.

Solutions: Luckily, there are simple solutions to avoid the health problems that come along with standing or sitting too long. One solution is to vary between sitting and standing. A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates adjustable sit-to-stand products are an effective solution for reducing pain and discomfort due to extended sedentary or standing.

With a sit-to-stand desk, you can instantly adjust your position as you choose while remaining effectively engaged with your computer and your work. Incorporating exercise into your daily tasks such as parking your car farther away from the building, using the stairs instead of the elevator, standing up when you talk on the phone, and setting a timer to stand up and stretch every so often can also improve your energy and health.

For those who are required to stand during most of their shift, there are floor matting solutions to increase better posture and decrease the risk of strain and stress on muscles and ligaments. Using anti-fatigue matting reduces the strain and stress on the muscles and joints from the hard floor with its soft and cushioning effect while helping to restore balance and posture.

Anti-fatigue mats such as Notrax’s Revive RS and Cushion Trax® provide cushion to relieve neck, leg and back discomfort. They are designed for extreme ergonomic comfort that stimulate muscle movement.

Benefits: Varying between sitting and standing promotes good posture. Good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Standing is similar to walking in the sense that it increases energy, burns calories, tones muscles, improves posture, and increases blood flow and metabolism. Standing allows us to utilize the flexible shock absorbing capabilities of our feet and knees and help divert some of the load and strain from our spinal joints and muscles.

When you switch between sitting and standing you are promoting better health, more energy and allowing yourself to work efficiently.