Do you have a desk job? Studies have found a strong connection between prolonged sitting and an increase in cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and musculoskeletal pain (neck, back, etc.). Studies have also found that a standing desk can significantly boost cognitive skills (memory, concentration and problem solving).
This problem should have an easy solution, right? Why not invest in a standing desk?
During a fitness consult with a patient I always ask the following questions…
- What does your typical day look like? Is it more sedentary or more active?
- How long is your commute?
- How many hours do you spend sitting at your desk?
- Do you sit in meetings all day long?
- How do you spend your lunch break?
- How many steps are you averaging each day?
- How are your energy levels in the afternoon?
Most people I have spoken to tend to sit at their desks for the majority of the day. Most people also don’t take a break during lunch time. It can be very harmful to your health when you are seated for several hours of your day. Not to mention the common feeling of begin lethargic by 3pm. A standing desk may be your solution!
Easier said than done of course! If you are thinking, “There are so many options out there. Where do I start?” That’s very common! Check out this recent review from Reviews.com. In this review they compare different brands of standing desks and provide you with a lot of great information to help you choose the one that’s best for you. They also discuss the proper ergonomics to ensure you will use your desk in a safe way to avoid neck and back pain. Read Article Here!
If you are unable to buy a desk at this time be sure you are getting up out of your chair often throughout the day. It is very common to lose track of time and realize you have been seated for 2-3 hours. Try setting an alarm for every hour as a reminder to get up and move for at least 5 minutes! Standing regularly helps prevent obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.
Don’t forget, 10,000 steps per day is the goal!