Studies show that the average human lifestyle, today, is a little too sedentary, particularly in more developed countries, and particularly countries of the West (and particularly, the United States). Basically, people are sitting and lounging a little too much, even at work. Accordingly, studies suggest that people should try to move around a little more throughout the day and this has led to the development of the Primecables stand up desk. This is a desk that, as the name alludes, you stand at to do your work, instead of sit.
Exercise is Good For You (Obviously
The thing is, when you sit all day you might not realize how “tired” your legs are. Or, rather, you don’t really think about how important it is to move and improve circulation (and oxygenation) in your lower body, when you are sitting for a long time. It is important, though, to get up and move around at least a few minutes every hour to ensure proper circulation.
Sitting Increases Health Risks
But there is also a lot of proof that sitting too long can increase lots of different health risks. Sitting for too long can increase risk for heart disease, diabetes, and early death, overall.
Consider A Standing Desk
The good news, of course, is that you can minimize these risks by simply getting up and moving around a little more often throughout the day. Some even believe that using a standing desk (instead of a traditional seated one) can make a world of difference.
If you want to start using a standing desk, here are some things to think about:
- Start slowly by only switching up part of your day. If you sat for 4 hours before taking a break try a standing desk for 2 or 3 hours and then go back to sitting. It is kind of like introducing a new exercise regimen—going too hard too quickly can overwhelm you
- Use a mat or non-slip shoes to ensure that you have a stable base
- A standing desk can be uncomfortable and distracting at first as your body and brain calibrates to the new position. Again, switch between sitting and standing until you are able to focus
- Speaking of calibration—make sure the computer screen is about 20 inches from your eyes and keep your elbows at a right angle (90 degrees).
- Keep moving—standing makes it easier to shift your weight and add a little more movement to the day without interrupting your work.