Friday, 13 November 2015

Weekly Round Up 13th November

Welcome back to our end of the week Friday blog. We're saying hello to Winter this week as the last of the leaves have fallen from the trees and we're adding layer after layer to keep warm at our desks but what else can we be doing to stay warm this winter...

Staying hot, hot, hot.
This week we're looking at movement in the workplace, plus what's hot and what's not when it comes to sit stand workstations. 

Firstly we want to  give you some great ideas for keeping warm in the office this winter. We are suggesting that you get out your chair and deskercise to keep warm, fit and healthy. 

Not heard of deskercising or need some more ideas for your current routine? Then have a look at these top 10 deskercises to get you started.

If you are already a king or queen of deskercise and you're looking for new ways to increase your movement at work, then you might have looked into the trend of sit stand workstations that's getting more and more popular everyday.
At Nomique we are getting really excited about this new drive for movement in the workplace.

As a manufacturer of office seating we are constantly looking at ways to make our chairs more movement concious. Our synchro and ISB mechanisms on our task chairs, can both be used in a "free float setting". This helps the user to activate their core muscles and prevents them from sitting too statically. 

Furthermore the signal from our Axia Smart Chair can not only be used as a trigger to correct your posture but also as a reminder to work standing up for the next 30 minutes.

At Nomique we are always encouraging our users to move as much as possible and if you are interested in any of the above products and would like to know more then please look on our website or give us a call on 01952 585828

Although Nomique do not produce sit stand workstations, our chairs are perfect examples of seating that could be used in conjuntion with them, so we were keen to find out more.

Firstly we looked up the pros and cons of the standing desk concept, to get an idea about the health benefits and the not so beneficial apsects. During our searches we came across this great article from that outlines everything good and everything bad about these standing desks, including ways to make them work better for you.

The main reaction across the web is that standing desks are a fantastic way to lose weight and reduce the risks of diabetes, heart disease and bad posture, which are all things we should be scared of if we're sitting at a desk all day.

However, we felt that we needed some more inside knowledge about the trend that's catching on fast and that's when we found this article by Chris Bowlby who tried out a standing desk for himself. Have a look at his thoughts here on the BBC news website.

There have been lots of questions asked about sit/stand workstations, such as "what's the best one?" or "what can I do if I can't afford one?".

Therefore we went on the hunt for what the world thinks are the best and found this article all about the top of the range and the easiest to adjust desking systems. 

The funniest part of this article though was seeing people's make shift at home versions. After all who doesn't want a desk made using Coco Cola cans and when all you've got is a plastic box it shows that that will do the job almost as well as the "Ergotron Workfit".

Well perhaps not but we can all hope that one day soon it won't just be Denmark that has made it mandatory for employers to offer standing workstations as an option to all employees, but hopefully the UK will catch on too.

The other question and the one that we find the most interesting is that all of those people who have caught on to the trend of standing at their desks, now don't know what they should be wearing. Standing up means that outfits are on show all of the time, skirts and suit trousers don't get creased and feet start to hurt. So what are our options? Well we found this great article on what to wear by The New York Times, so if you feel like you could use some tips then have a read about what these people in the know have picked out as the best options for standing up and looking good.

"Forest and Found"

Now we've all heard of Upcycling and it's now getting more and more popular across the UK. In fact it's getting so trendy that artists and craftspeople are setting up businesses relying on what they can find in skips!

We came across an article about two homeware entrepreneurs who have set up their own buisness called "Forest and Found" in the heart of London, in their back garden workshop. It's all about using waste wood that they've found on the ground or in bins and turning it into something new and unique.

Our favourite piece of Upcycling that we've found so far is this fantastic desk and shelving solution. All that's missing is one of our task chairs... have a look at our website for some options.

Also we would love to hear from you in the comments below with your ideas, inpiration and links to any exciting Upcycling, standing desks and your favourite deskercises.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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