It takes a very special monitor arm to bring the word “revolutionary” to mind. After all, monitor arms have been seen in almost every office for the last decade, people know the long list of benefits, and there are already monitor arms built to hold up to six flat panel monitors.
So why did we think of ways to reconfigure our desks to make room for the newest monitor arm on the market? Because there’s really nothing else like it out there.
Humanscale’s M/Flex monitor arm is the most versatile and dynamic monitor support system available today. Its sustainable design—not just the parts but the philosophy–ensure it’s the last monitor arm system you’ll ever need.
The key difference between the M/Flex system and all other monitor arms on the market is the scalable design, allowing you to upgrade from one to six monitors without disrupting your current configuration. The modular system works by adding additional arms to the existing post simply by stacking them. Check out the video below for a demonstration of how straightforward the M/Flex system is.
We have had a chance to use the M/Flex M2 model and it’s just as easy to use as the standard M2 monitor arm. The dynamic arm links make it incredibly easy to adjust and find a comfortable position.
For heavier monitors, the M/Flex M8 will be available during the first quarter of 2013, and we look forward to getting our hands on it when it arrives.
Anonymous asked: Hi Ergo Depot! Can you do a comparison of the Muvman and the Varier Move? I've read up about them individually, but it'd be really helpful to hear about them side by side.
Hey there! We’re definitely planning to dig into some more video content in the coming months - I’ll add a Muvman vs. Varier Move Stool comparison to our idea list :)
In the meantime, if you have any specific questions feel free to call us at 888.508.3725 (or if you’re near Portland or SF stop by one of our locations)!
-Collin (Ergo Depot SF)
There are plenty of companies out there who describe themselves as “green” or “sustainable” just because they use recycled packaging materials and compost their coffee grounds.
Then there are companies like HAG, who truly practice sustainability in not just packaging, but in manufacturing, component materials, and durability of their products.
Take HAG’s Capisco Puls, for example. Not only is the chair 95% recyclable and made of primarily recycled content, HAG has issued an environmental report that details the energy consumption and global warming impact. This attention to detail in the manufacturing process gives you an idea of the strong commitment HAG has made to sustainability in its products. From HAG:
Part of that evolution is a deeper understanding of what it means to be “sustainable” and a commitment to integrating the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability into our policies, our practices, our designs, and our culture.
What good is green manufacturing if the product itself doesn’t last more than a year or two before you will need to replace it? Not much. HAG backs up its products with one of the best warranties in the industry.
For more on the environmental product summary of the HAG Capisco Puls, click here to download the fact sheet. Information on indoor air quality, LEED credits, material content plus other important factors are available for all HAG products. For specifics on the company’s corporate perspective, check out this link. They even ship packages using alternative fuel when available.
Show me the numbers.
So how exactly does the Capisco Puls stack up?
Ergo Depot is committed to sustainability in our products and the manufacturers we chose to work with. We would be more than happy to answer questions regarding the environmental impact of any of our products.
Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain
The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don’t help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.
What does help? Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller, and maybe some physical therapy. That’s the evidence-based protocol. With that regimen, most people’s back pain goes away within three months.
Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Shots health blog.
NYT: Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells -
Exercise promotes health, reducing most people’s risks of developing diabetes and growing obese. But just how, at a cellular level, exercise performs this beneficial magic — what physiological steps are involved and in what order — remains mysterious to a surprising degree.
Several striking new studies, however, provide some clarity by showing that exercise seems able to drastically alter how genes operate.
It’s incredible to think that we have the ability to change how our genes behave by doing simple things in our daily lives. We found this NYT blog post covering several new studies on how exercise impacts our cells inspiring.
Focal and the evolution of the standing desk - Wakefield -
Look what we’ve done to food.
What used to come from the ground and be quite good for you, is now flavored in a factory off the Jersey turnpike. We know how that’s worked out for our health.
You might say the same about the workstation.
Through the early 1900s, most people stood at their office desks. Franklin, Churchill, Da Vinci, Nabokov, and Hemingway all preferred it. But most of us now sit – and die faster as a result. 20% faster, if you believe a recent study cited by the New York Times.
Riding a recent resurgence in standing desks comes Rhode Island-based startup Focal Upright Furniture. We’ve never seen anything quite like its Locus Workstation, which includes a full-articulated desk, footrest, and seat.
The seat is the most remarkable. Inspired by an old tractor seat (but hopefully softer), it has you perched somewhere between sitting and standing, a position found to be the most ideal by founder and designer Martin Keen.
You may recognize Keen’s name. Apparently a master of the hybrid, he previously made his mark with the eponymous footwear company he founded, known for its half-shoe, half-sandal favored by outdoor enthusiasts.
The full Locus setup from Focal will run you more than $2,000 – not cheap. But what price for a longer life? Check it out here.
Or, if it’s a less expensive standing option you seek, check out these IKEA hacks – where a couple hundred bucks will get you upright.
Now go forth (and get up already).
1899: Year School Hygiene is published, stating a seated desk can “injure the abdominal organs and the circulation”
1977: Year Nabokov died at 78 from bronchitis (not from sitting)
3: Moans, in descending pitch, uttered by Nabokov upon his death according to his son
Though ergonomics may be a buzzword these days, it’s relevant to all of us. You hear the word often, whether it’s being used to promote chairs, jeans or even sports drinks, but what does it actually mean?
It’s simple, really. Ergonomics is defined as the science of fitting the task and the tools to the user to maximize productivity while reducing discomfort, fatigue and injury. Derived from the Greek words “ergon,” which means “to work,” and “nomos,” which means “natural laws,” ergonomics applies to anywhere you work.
In addition to the traditional office environment, ergonomics is also applicable to alternative workplaces and even home offices. Whether you’re sitting at a desk, working on an assembly line or taking care of patients in a medical environment, ergonomics can impact your life. Ergonomics is about making the workplace fit you and your specific needs, rather than the other way around.
A proactive discipline, ergonomics helps to reduce discomfort in the individual. This can have a ripple effect, increasing job satisfaction, productivity and well-being, thereby helping to reduce costs to the organization in the long run.
So, next time you hear someone name-check “ergonomics,” you’ll know exactly what they mean (or don’t).
Portland City Declares War On Chairs -
Portland’s mayor wants city residents to stand up more. Charlie Hales proclaimed July 17 Stand Up for Workplace Wellness Day.
Dr. Claire Wheeler is a professor of community health at Portland State University. At a hearing to declare war on chairs, she said too much sitting increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
For years, she says, people have taken the advice of their doctors and exercised 45 minutes a day. But then they’ve gone back to lie on a couch, sit at a desk or drive.
“Those people think that they’re physically active,” she said. “But intact the rates of heart disease and other illnesses are pretty much the same for them as well,” she explained.
“So we’ve identified a new risk factor, it seems to be even more significant than smoking. An hour of sitting in a chair, can take more time off your life than smoking a single cigarette,” she said.
City Commissioner Steve Novick called for his colleagues to set an example by taking some meetings standing up.
It’s great to be part of such a progressive city and community.
Mayor Hales, we stand with you!
Lifehacker just posted this link to some yoga exercises people can do at their sit-stand desks. Check out these suggestions:
Start with a combination of Mountain Pose (tadasana) followed by Standing Half Moon (ardha chandrasana), a side bending pose.Move to Tree (vrksasana) on each side and then into Mountain Pose with arms over head (urdhva hastasana).Interlace fingers behind back and fold forward (Yoga mudra), and finish with a Standing Forward Fold with an easy twist: One hand on the earth (under the face) other hand extended to sky. End in Mountain Pose.