We remained intrigued from a recent post that citied a study that identified 38 ways (“interventions”) to help folks stop sitting and start standing more at work.
So we sought more ideas.
Cornell University’s Ergonomics team “presents information from research studies and class work by students and faculty in the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG).” They focus on “Human-Centered Design” and “ways to enhance usability by improving the ergonomic design of hardware, software, and workplaces, to enhance people’s comfort, performance and health in an approach we call Ergotecture. We recognize that this is also as an important component of the Department’s Ecotecture sustainable design approach.”
Some ideas CUErgo offers:
- “Sit to do computer work.”
- “Sit using a height-adjustable, downward titling keyboard tray for the best work posture, then every 20 minutes stand for 8 minutes AND MOVE for 2 minutes.”
- “The absolute time isn’t critical but about every 20-30 minutes take a posture break and stand and move for a couple of minutes. Simply standing is insufficient.”
- “Movement is important to get blood circulation through the muscles. And movement is FREE!
- “Research shows that you don’t need to do vigorous exercise (e.g. jumping jacks) to get the benefits, just walking around is sufficient.”
- “So build in a pattern of creating greater movement variety in the workplace (e.g. walk to a printer, water fountain, stand for a meeting, take the stairs, walk around the floor, park a bit further away from the building each day).”
For more inspiration, check out the TED poster below: