Up and down, up and down - How dynamic sitting and standing can improve health in the office
The aim of this brochure is literally to get you jumping to your feet. And not only while you're reading it, but several times a day. Why? Quite simply because we all spend too much time sitting. In our free time, at work, during training - modern man has neglected his talent for standing and has got used to the sitting position (at work as well). This has become possible thanks not least to computers and similar devices which have tied many people permanently to their desks. In former times it was still necessary to move around a bit in the office - fetching a file, taking some documents into the next office - but now all that's required for most jobs is a mouse click.
This development makes things comfortable for us, but it doesn't do much for our health. In fact our whole organism needs movement to stay healthy in the long run. Something that is ignored in the daily routine of many people. And that's why around 8 % of those who work at the computer screen day after day suffer from a range of different health disorders, from sore eyes and tense shoulders through to back problems.
None of this is any good, for the individual, for the company or for the economy. What we should look for is dynamic solutions which really get us moving. As often as possible, as regularly as possible and whenever possible also at work (in the office). The present brochure will show you how to do this. It follows on from the previous brochure "The ups and downs of sitting - Sitting at work and elsewhere", which was devoted to the subject of sitting in all its forms. One or other of the things dealt with in this brochure will be repeated briefly here for those readers who are unfamiliar with "The ups and downs of sitting". But the focus is on the "dynamic office", in other words basic information is given on how to design the office workplace by appropriate work organisation and with "dynamic" furniture to make it more motion-friendly.
1. edition. Dortmund: 2008.
ISBN: 978-3-88261-610-1, 25 pages, Papier, PDF-Datei
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