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The recent BBC Easy Ways to Live Well article indicates over 15 million people in the UK spend half the day being sedentary. That’s sitting in a car, at a desk, or at home.

It goes onto say that more than six hours of prolonged sitting greatly increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These risks are becoming commonly known and many individuals and organisations are already doing something about it.

Simply increasing the number of movements you make throughout the day greatly helps. Get up from your desk and walk about for two minutes every hour, stand up in meetings and getting colleagues to meet face-to-face away from their desks in designated breakout areas rather than sending an email or chatting on the phone.

We’ve been working closely for some time with leading furniture manufacturers and specialists to better understand the performance and health benefits that come from a less rigid and more flexible working environment. Getting people to move more as part of their working day can bring noticeable improvements to their physical and mental wellbeing while reducing absenteeism and improving concentration and productivity.

We’re seeing a big increase in enquiries for sit-stand desks. Often organisations introduce a few on a trial only to find user takeup far exceeds initial expectations.