Due to a recent rise in studies linking prolonged periods of sitting to an increased risk of developing health problems – with some even going so far as to declare sitting the new smoking – it is no surprise that the interest and popularity of standing desks has also been on the rise.

Standing desks are an increasingly popular option in homes and offices across the country, and since we’re not just talking about office furniture —we’re also referring to standing desks used for home offices and personal spaces as well — it stands to reason that consumers want something as beautiful as it is functional.

This is why we’re proud to introduce the expanding BDI line of Lift Standing Desks

As some of the most elegant and design-centered models that you’ll find on the market, the Sequel Lift Desk and Centro Lift Desk allow you to easily raise and lower your work surface to comfortable standing and sitting positions, and is rich with features to accommodate the latest technologies and modern office needs.

With Sequel and Centro Lift, you not only elevate your health benefits, but your performance as well.

The Sequel and Centro Lift Desks have all the benefits of a standing desk, with a beautiful design aesthetic as well.

You not only elevate your health benefits, but your performance as well

FEEL THE BURN

Sitting at your desk burns far fewer calories than standing while working or — even better — walking. Yet, most of us sit quite a bit — an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes each day.

When you sit for just 20 minutes, your caloric expenditure drops to just 1 calorie per minute, and when you burn fewer calories, your risk for obesity increases. This can trigger a higher risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain cancers — including breast cancer and colon cancer — and joint pain.

Beyond weight gain and its associated complications, there are other threats to sitting for long periods. For example, the enzymes that break down fat drop by as much as 90 percent, good cholesterol drops by 20 percent, insulin effectiveness drops by 24 percent and the electrical activity in your leg muscles shuts off and puts your inactive legs to sleep.

Long story short: If you want to avoid the health risks associated with a sedentary work environment; you’ve got to get up out of your seat!

Of course, you’re not only sitting in the office. You sit during your daily commute, during meals, or just to unwind at the end of the day on the couch while you ‘Netflix and chill.’

All told, most of us do a lot of sitting.

Contrary to popular belief, time clocked in at the gym isn’t necessarily going to help to counter the negative effects of sitting all day either, just as “going for a run will do little to counter the negative effects of a pack-a-day smoking habit,” according to James Vlashos.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause back and leg pain and various health issues.

DON’T JUST STAND THERE 

Conversely, studies have shown that a standing-only desk isn’t necessarily the answer either…not completely, anyway.

Just because you’re standing doesn’t change the fact that you’re still relatively inactive, and standing all day can compress the spine, which leads to lower back problems. You can also increase your odds for gravity-related ailments such as carotid arteries, varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.

Standing only desks can cause their own health challenges.

What’s more, some tasks are more difficult to complete while standing. For instance, tasks that require fine motor skills — such as writing or drafting — or deeper concentration are easier when done while sitting.

While standing does burn more calories than sitting, you’re also more likely to tire more quickly — which does nothing for your productivity — not to mention your comfort!

WHY BDI LIFT DESKS?

Taking all of the benefits and risks into account, the optimum solution is a sit-stand desk – like BDI’s Lift Desks – that allows you to quickly and easily switch between sitting and standing throughout the day.

The Sequel and Centro Lift Desks are versatile and attractive desks that feature a powered leg system controlled by a digital, programmable user-assigned keypad.

With the press of a button, the desk will rise to your preferred sitting and standing heights. Thanks to four user-programmable presets, there is no need to overthink or continually fiddle with manual adjustments — your work surface is at just the right height every time.

BDI's Lift Sit + Stand Desks can be adjustable for sitting and standing heights, and has feature-rich functionality as well.

Of course, as with all BDI designs, we meticulously and intelligently marry form with function.

The Sequel and Centro Lift Desks features a beautiful and durable satin-etched black or grey glass top, in addition to an optional storage drawer to stow away your daily office supplies and electronics.

The Sequel and Centro Lift Desks also partner beautifully with other components in the Sequel office and Centro office collections and feature such tech-friendly considerations as integrated cable management — which keeps your work space looking neat, tidy and free of wire clutter — in addition to compatibility with third-party monitor arms.

What really sets the Sequel and Centro Lift Desks apart from other standing desk solutions on the market is our trademark focus on beautiful design, meticulous attention to detail, and versatile functionality. Whether you’re an executive, office employee or working from home, there is no reason why your workspace shouldn’t reflect your personality and style.

So take a stand toward healthier work habits today! With the ideal sit-stand desk set up, you can operate at your best all day, while making a significant contribution to your overall health and well-being.

Share Your Thoughts

Do you use a standing desk, or plan to purchase one in the near future? What features and benefits are most important to you? Let us know in the comment section.