Research has found a connection with sitting for extended periods of time and numerous health conditions, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome which is defined as a cluster of conditions occurring together that increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Included in these conditions are increased blood sugar, increased blood pressure, abnormal triglyceride or cholesterol levels, and extra body fat around the midriff area. Sitting for long periods of time also can result in chronic back pain and increase the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
A possible answer to this growing concern hydraulic adjustable laboratory workstations and benches. A lab workstation must be designed for a demanding environment while maintaining efficiency and productivity.
Sitting All Day Can Be Harmful
Any extended sitting, such as behind the wheel of your car or behind a desk at work can be harmful. Furthermore, engaging on moderate or vigorous activity or spending many hours at the gym does not significantly balance the risk according to Dr. James Levine, the obesity expert.
Your overall health begins to decline when you sit all day, this is even true when sitting in a healthy ergonomic posture. While standing, the pressure is low on the intervertebral discs in your lower back, significantly lower than when you sit unsupported. However, you use 20 percent more energy than when you sit, making your body tire more quickly.
As stated by WebMD, these are just some of the ways sitting too much is harmful to your health:
- It hurts your heart
- It can shorten your life
- Dementia is more likely
- You will undo all that exercise
- Risk of diabetes increases
- You could get deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- You will gain weight
- Your anxiety may increase
- It destroys your back
- It results in varicose veins
- Increase risk for osteoporosis
- Increase the risk for cancer
Height Adjustable Workstation
To ensure you can work and stand comfortably, a height adjustable laboratory workstation is constructed to hold your tools, monitor, keyboard, laptop, and other work supplies at an angle and height specified. These lab workstations provide the workers with a great amount of flexibility. They are able to manage their work environment more efficiently while at the same time reducing the risks caused by too much sitting.
Workers are able to move from a sitting position to standing by easily adjusting the height with either a motorized or hand crank system. Moreover, management can easily adapt a bench or lab workstation to accommodate a variety of individuals, those with different heights and ages, rather than attempting to adopt an entire workforce to fixed desk configurations.
With this type of adaptability available to the worker, they can be in the optimal neutral posture, meaning where the body is at its most efficient and strongest.
Take the first step and contact us today to learn more about the benefits of an adjustable lab workstation.