Let’s try an experiment.
How long can you stare at the target below without blinking?
I’m guessing when you started my little staring experiment, it didn’t feel so bad. But then after a few seconds, it started feeling awkward and uncomfortable, right? Your eyes started to dry out and space out, and you struggled not to blink. That’s because it’s not natural, nor healthy, for our eyes to stay locked in one static position for too long, unblinking, unmoving.
Whether you realize it or not, your entire body has been locked in a staring experiment like this for years.
Those of us who work at a desk have been sitting for a very long time (not to mention the sitting we do on the couch when we get home). When we start to feel uncomfortable, we chalk it up to bad ergonomics, and invest in a better chair, an ergonomic keyboard, or an exercise ball. But these solutions are a just temporary fix for an overarching problem: we’re still seated. Just like the staring experiment, holding a seated position for too long, without changing, is uncomfortable and unhealthy.
So, let’s try the staring experiment once more, with a twist. This time, instead of keeping your head static, move it around: side to side, up and down, closer in and farther away. All the while, keep your eyes focused on the target.
Did it feel different that time? Was it more comfortable than before? You could probably keep your eyes focused longer, right? That’s because your head was moving. Adding movement to a task makes it more comfortable, and helps us stay focused.
You can probably see where this is headed… Movement is crucial to staying comfortable, alert and healthy, which is why alternating between sitting and
standing is truly the best to way to work. Static positions are the enemy. The next position is the best position, so join the MoveMore movement and keep moving.
Move more during the day by using one of Anthro’s height-adjustable, sit/stand desks!
A big thank you to Michael Morris, Anthro’s Senior Graphic Designer, for this great idea!