More and more people are switching to working remotely every day. In the US alone, according to studies, nearly 5 million US citizens are working remotely right now, with a 44% increase in the last 5 years.
Remote Workers enjoy several advantages like increased job satisfaction, better productivity, and even more money, but they are facing health risks as well.
While working from home it is important to create a healthy and productive workspace. Working out of your bed may sound like a great idea, but it comes with several health concerns. This can easily lead, at first, to the neck or lower back pain and other health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
So how can a remote worker still enjoy working from home, without sacrificing health?
A healthy workplace, with a sit-stand desk, is the place to start. Using a sit-stand desk has many health benefits (link to health benefits article) compared to a regular sitting desk and it also helps boost your productivity and overall happiness. For example, a study has shown that standing at your desk for only an hour per day can reduce neck and back pain by 66%. Standing for part of your workday can also help keep those extra pounds off your waist.
How to pick your first sit-stand desk
When it comes to buying a standing desk, there are 3 major choices: a mechanical sit-stand desk, an electric one or a desk add on. Each of them has it’s advantages and disadvantages and picking the right one is a matter of personal preference. A desk adds on is the cheapest solution, as it allows you to keep your existing desk. A mechanical sit-stand desk is cheaper than an electric one, but it does mean that you will have to manually adjust the height. The electric sit-stand desk allows you to move much more weight (some desks can hold up to 225 lbs.) and switch to the desired height with a simple push of the button.
Add a treadmill for a healthier lifestyle
Those looking to up their game and do their 10.000 daily steps without having to disrupt their workday can opt for a treadmill desk. As the name suggests, this is a standing desk, with a treadmill below. This is a perfect choice for someone who is working from home but has a small space. Typically, someone working from home has everything he needs, from printer to food, just a few steps away, causing him or her to be more sedentary than normal, which leads to all the health issues associated with this lifestyle.
A sit-stand desk can cause back pain
Although a healthier choice than a regular sitting desk, or your bed, a sit-stand desk can also lead to neck and back pain if used improperly. A study made a the University of Waterloo shows exactly the amount of time you need to spend at a sit-stand desk without developing neck or back pain.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working remotely, from home, can be difficult. Having the wrong equipment, not exercising and working from your bed or couch can take its toll on your body, especially your back, With the right equipment and motivation you can stay healthy and enjoy all the other benefits that working remotely has to offer.
How did you set up your remote workspace? Are you using a sit-stand desk or a treadmill desk? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.