Having spent 9 hours a day for 11 years seated at a desk, I experienced first-hand the problems of prolonged sitting. Despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle, lower back pain and shoulder pain developed. I took calls standing at my desk just to feel less discomfort, and used any excuse I could to move around the office (lots of time wasted with tea breaks!)
I spent on upgrading my mattress, and other remedies, without any real thought to how I was working 9 hours a day. When a physio insisted I reduce time in a seated position, I began researching standing work solutions.
I was amazed at the research; it found serious long-term health risks from sitting. Not just musculoskeletal but cardiovascular . This research continues both in the US, Europe and here in the UK, such as the Leicester Diabetes Centre – a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester. See the Health Benefits page for details.
Standing desks are nothing new, in fact Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill were both advocates, and working while standing can be traced back far further. The difference today is that an electric and height adjustable desk provides more flexibility, convenience, and greater health benefits through the changing of work position to keep the body active and flexible.
The problem was that many of the standing desks were too expensive, and hard to come by, so we set out to create one that’s designed for the modern life and is affordable, rich in features and here in the UK.
Marc Davies, founder of HiDesk