Sitting is Not the Way to Good Health
When an activity is deemed the "new smoking", you just know it can't be good.
That's a term that's been used in reference to sitting. Study after study has shown that sitting for prolonged periods--at least six hours a day, typically--can lead to spinal, hip, muscle and other problems, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease (sitting affects circulation and the regulation of blood sugar). It's even been shown to play a part in the development of some types of cancers!
How one sits also plays a part in the health detriments relating to prolonged sitting. Improper posture while sitting, such as slouching or leaning forward, causes stress on the hips, legs and back, leading to many of the problems that stem from sitting for long periods.
This is where an ergonomic chair comes into play. Ergonomic chairs, such as the ErgoChair 2 from Autonomous, offers the support you need to sit correctly to avoid sitting-related muscular and joint issues. However, chairs are a topic for another article...
Anyway, to avoid sitting for hours on end, an adjustable stand-up desk could be the answer.
But is standing all day beneficial to your health?
Prolonged Standing...Is it Beneficial?
Before you run out and purchase a standing desk with the thought that standing rather than sitting all day will reap all types of physical rewards on your body...hold up.
Studies have shown that standing for prolonged periods can result in:
- A higher risk of varicose veins
- Increased fatigue in the lower body
- Back stiffness
- Leg swelling
In some cases, there can be an increased risk of cardiovascular disease from prolonged standing, as the circulatory system has to work harder to pump blood that pools in the legs.
This is NOT to say that standing is bad...just too much standing can be detrimental.
So, what IS the answer? If standing is bad and sitting is worse, what's one to do? Especially the millions of office workers employed across the U.S.?
The answer is rather simple: an adjustable stand-up desk!
A Mix of Sitting and Standing Could be the Answer
As with most things, moderation is key when it comes to sitting and standing.
An adjustable desk, like the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous, is a great way to vary your workday with shorter periods of sitting and standing throughout the day. Motorized height adjustment allows you to put the desk at the height that's exactly right for you in no time at all!
Mate your desk with a chair like the ErgoChair 2, which assures that you're sitting with the right height and lumbar support you need, and you're going to get the best of both worlds.
Incorporate movement throughout your day, like walks or stretching, and exercise at least one hour per day, in conjunction with sitting/standing at your desk, and you've got the perfect recipe for a healthier and more productive you.
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