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Come join the standing revolution!

Come join the standing revolution!

by Becca Brannan, RN - June 26, 2014

Have you heard the tag line “sitting is killing you” or, “sitting is the new smoking”? Research shows too much sitting contributes to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention an achy back! Even worse, the studies show doing some physical activity each day does not offset the detrimental effects of too much sitting.

Think about your day. How much are you sedentary? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American gets 7.7 hours of sleep. Combine that with time in the car, sitting at work, watching television and time spent seated while you eat… that could easily be upwards of 20 hours of sedentary behavior each day!

That was the exact dilemma I faced. My current job is much more sedentary than my last, and I really disliked sitting at a desk for most of the day. I had researched alternatives. There are a variety of different standing workstations out there. There are even treadmill workstations. That would be utopia itself!

But, I was trying to be realistic and budget-friendly to my pocket book. One day I stumbled across the website for the Stand-Up Desk Shop. My face lit up with a huge smile. I had found my newest weapon to fight off being chained to my desk.

The kit is an adjustable desk surface that sits on top of your existing workstation. The top comes in a myriad of colors which allows you to match your current furniture. The legs are adjustable and made out of a heavy plastic.

I have been using my stand up desk for several months now. I have to say I love it as much today as the first day I brought it to work! I don’t have the end-of-the-day backaches anymore. I feel energized and much more focused throughout my entire work day.

So, why don’t you take the plunge and join the stand-up revolution too?

Here are some tips to get more movement into your day:

• Wear a pedometer all day. It makes you more accountable. Aim for at least 10,000 steps a day.
• Set an alarm on your phone or look into a program for your computer/smart phone that will remind you to get up and stretch/move around every hour.
• Take the long way to the bathroom and walk up and down the hall a few times before returning to your work area.
• When taking phone calls, stand and talk.
• Sit on an exercise ball at your desk.
• Walking meetings!!

Many of us think we can either take care of our health or take care of all the obligations in our life. You have to decide your health is the priority and think outside the box!

More Info:
Wondering how much you sit each day? Check out this Sitting-Time Calculator.
Sitting is killing you infographic

   

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