5 Reasons To Incorporate A Sit/Stand Desk Into Your Office Routine
For decades, inactive sitting at work has been the norm, however countless studies done on the subject of extended inactivity suggest that our habits need to change. The results are in and our health is paying the price for our sedentary lifestyle. Some of the arising problems include weakened muscles, fatigue, and increased chances of cardio vascular events. Switching between active sitting and standing at work can improve your overall health. Here are some of the most significant reasons why:
1. Wake Up! Sitting slows down the central nervous systembecause it is a naturally “relaxed” state. Whilesitting, the body is left dormant, forcing thebrain to work overtime. Standing up increasesblood flow, putting the body into a functionalstate. Do this while working and your mindand body can operate simultaneously.
2. Reduce Pain If you work in an office, you are probablymore than familiar with the ubiquity of backand neck pain complaints – you may evensuffer from them yourself. Extended sittingcauses a viscous cycle of pain, weakeningpostural muscles causing residual strain elsewhere in the body. Standing, or active sitting, can break the cycle of inactivity by introducing movement.
3. Burn More Calories This shouldn’t come as a surprise: you’ll burnmore calories with an active work style than asedentary one. Even if you exercise regularly,sitting for eight or more hours a day can negatively affect your health. A Canadianstudy of over 17,000 participants found that some of the health benefits of regular exercise are cancelled out by prolonged periods of sitting and inactivity.
4. Be Heart Smart Studies continually show that extended sitting-time throughout your day can significantly increase risk of cardiovascularevents, including strokes. Try limiting your inactive time at work, choosing to stand whenyou need to be alert and focused, and activesitting (which allows your pelvis, hips and legsto move) when you need a break.
5. Look Good Standing will strengthen the large skeletalmuscles in the legs, back and trunk requiredfor upright movement. When these musclesare strong your posture will improve, whichwill bring a wealth of benefits, including appearing taller and more confident – standup to spinal shrinkage!