Ergonomics + dynamics = ergodynamics
Work stations at which you can both sit and stand are a great improvement for dynamic working. After all, switching from a sitting to a standing posture is a bigger change for your body than if you simply shift your position a little. In addition to the improved well-being, adopting different postures at a whim has another amazing effect:
your mental performance and flexibility improve considerably giving your creativity a boost. After all, mental and physical flexibility are interdependent.
Cue: individual ergonomics
The design of an ergodynamic office work station is not primarily based on strictly defined standard measurements, but also on the individual’s needs (as to movement).
Consider the entire work station a single dynamic unit. There is great demand for furniture systems that can be adapted to individual requirements by adjusting or by freely and flexibly arranging the work station modules. All work station components and how you organise your work should be aimed at variety. It is highly recommendable to change between sitting, standing and walking frequently.
When changing from a standing to a sitting position, the spine assumes a more or less unphysiological position depending on the sitting posture, as the pelvis is shifted back. This increases the strain on the spinal discs. Most people tend to sit with a hunched back, as this is easier for the back muscles than sitting upright, which is better from an orthopaedic point of view. There is a conflict of interest between the needs of your muscles and those of your spinal discs, so to say. Changing your posture and staying in motion is all the more important!