A Sedentary Society

We sit for about 7 to 15 hours a day during our commute, looking at computers, eating, or watching television. We are no doubt the most sedentary generation in history. We have become a society that defaults to sitting. While this may seem like a trivial development to some, a desk chair-centric lifestyle has major implications for our overall health and productivity. Sitting negatively impacts our metabolic system, increases cardiovascular diseases, changes the way our bodies break down sugar, and much more.

Engage Your Muscles

Sitting can lead to a whole host of illnesses such as carpal tunnel, blood clots, muscle weakness, and joint pain. These ailments can cost companies millions in compensation claims in a single year. Standing reduces the risk to both employees and employers.

More and more studies are showing that by standing throughout the day reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and backaches. Sitting all day weakens the muscles in your core and back, causing your body to naturally shift into poor posture. Alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day provides comfort and actually improves both your standing and sitting posture.

By standing, you engage the muscles that hold your body upright and allow you to maintain healthy form, whether you’re sitting, standing, or sleeping.

Consider how we humans initially lived. We were hunter-gatherers constantly on our feet, moving around most of the day. If we didn’t move, we couldn’t survive. Our modern culture of convenience paired with the invention of the TV, cars, computers, and predominantly sedentary jobs, we sit down far more than our bodies were intended for and thus suffer health issues associated with inactivity.

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Standing Desks: An Ergonomic Solution To A Busy Work Life

Think about it: at the end of your workday, do you feel mentally and physically energized? Or are you tired, burnt-out, and slouching? Most people fall into the latter category, and find themselves going home to collapse on the couch in exhaustion. Although it may sound logical that sitting would help us feel rested and relaxed, often the opposite is true. After a day of sitting, most of us feel achy and lethargic. We need to default to standing more at work.

As a result, the standing desk has taken the world by storm. Standing while you are working may seem a bit odd at first, but it has actually been a practice of many successful people throughout history, from Winston Churchill to Ernest Hemingway. Studies have shown that standing boosts energy, burns more calories, strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, and heightens metabolism.

But you don’t need to be standing for a full 10 hours a day to reap the benefits. Even taking breaks to stand at your desk for an hour or two a day provides benefits. That’s why more and more people are now alternating between sitting and standing at work and are becoming healthier and more productive in the process.