Get more movement into your day through active design

active_designSitting too much can impact on your productivity. Aches and pains, lack of alertness, and health issues, such as excess fat storage and weight gain, complicated by too much time in a static posture can mean that you’re holding yourself back from being the very best you can be at work each day. But, the good news is that it’s easy to change up a sedentary workday with some great results.

“But I’m too busy to stop and take a break”, is a common refrain from those who aren’t in the know. Taking a 1-2 minute break to move around every 20 minutes of sitting is recommended for our health and productivity, but there are some clever active design techniques to implement within the workplace in order to get a little mobility even when you have a lot to get done.

Active design enables and encourages a desire for movement, helping to support healthy metabolic function, combat obesity and get the blood flowing around the body. Not only this, but moving around and interacting with others is a lot more collaborative, facilitating idea exchange, and fostering innovation and creativity.

Here are our tips:

It doesn’t have to be a desk. With the rise and rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in our workplaces, it’s a good idea to create alternative work areas around the office for staff to utilise their mobile devices, like standing-height counters, communal tables, or lounge areas with more relaxed seating. If staff are able to change up their environment, they’re likely to spend less time confined to their own desk.

Make it adjustable. Sit-to-stand workstations are increasing in popularity as the user is in complete control of their working style, and can change it up based on how they’re going to work that day, or that hour. Features such as a button or foot-press operated system make modern height-adjustable desks incredibly easy to operate.

Get the blood flowing. To really step it up a notch, innovative treadmill desks and cycle desks can be shared by a number of people in the office throughout the day. Light exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, providing fresh oxygenated blood to the brain, increasing productivity levels.

More active meetings. Meetings don’t have to be spent sitting around a conference table! Providing some high tables in open areas for participants to lean on or stand around, can help break up a sedentary day. Or, even encourage walking meetings! This works best with groups of up to four people, and either a smartphone or tablet can be used for taking notes or voice memos. No more fighting for time on the conference room schedule!

Read more about the benefits of activity in your workday and how design can influence productivity in this ergonomic research from furniture manufacturer Allsteel.

Jarad Nass

Jarad Nass

Head of Business Furniture and General Manager at Business Interiors by Staples
Jarad has extensive experience in the commercial furniture industry, from project managing multi-national fit-outs to senior leadership position. In his current role, he oversees both Staples Business Furniture, the transactional furniture arm of Staples, and Business Interiors by Staples, which is focused on supplying furniture and services to the commercial interiors market.

In 2014, Jarad introduced Business Interiors by Staples to the Australian and New Zealand market, adopting the brand from our North American operations.
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Jarad Nass

Jarad Nass

Head of Business Furniture and General Manager at Business Interiors by Staples
Jarad has extensive experience in the commercial furniture industry, from project managing multi-national fit-outs to senior leadership position. In his current role, he oversees both Staples Business Furniture, the transactional furniture arm of Staples, and Business Interiors by Staples, which is focused on supplying furniture and services to the commercial interiors market.

In 2014, Jarad introduced Business Interiors by Staples to the Australian and New Zealand market, adopting the brand from our North American operations.
Jarad Nass

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