Revamp Your Workspace
Whether you spend your days working or studying, you probably spend a lot of time at a desk. We know that sedentary desk work is not the best thing that we can do for our bodies, but it’s often unavoidable. When you’re stuck at your computer, treat your body well by using good posture and taking regular breaks to move around. Then, consider adopting one of these alternative desk setups to inject more activity into your busy workday!
Research shows that prolonged sitting can lead to a bevy of medical issues, from obesity to heart disease, and a 2010 study by the American Cancer Society showed that women who sat for more than six hours a day were 37% more likely to die prematurely than women who sat for less than three hours. These results were 18% higher for men.
Stand up for yourself and your health with a standing desk! Standing at a tall desk keeps you more active than sitting all day, and burns more calories.
Standing can be hard work, so don’t be surprised if your body feels tired at first. Try easing into things by setting progressive goals for yourself. If you are sitting for 8 hours a day now, start by lowering your sit time by an hour or two per day and work down to 3 or 4 hours of seated time per day. Standing on a gel mat helps to reduce stress on your body, while a tall chair or stool is handy for times when you need a little sitting break. Just remember to stand tall, since standing posture is important too!
Sitting in a normal chair all day makes your hip flexors short and tight, which can lead to back pain and other ailments. A padded kneeling chair helps to stretch and lengthen your hip flexors, counteracting the issues caused by normal chairs. It also reduces pressure on your lower back because your lower body supports a lot of your weight. A kneeling chair can also help to encourage you to sit taller, but, as always, remember to stay mindful of your posture and avoid slouching as the day wears on.
Have you heard of this latest trend in the world of unconventional desk setups? These awesome desks have treadmills attached so that you can spend your day walking slowly – think 1.0 or 1.5 miles per hour – while you work. Once you get used to it, it’s far easier than you’d imagine to type and work while walking. You’ll torch major calories by walking all day, and staying lightly active throughout the day has major health benefits. We’ve also seen similar desks attached to stationary bikes. Unfortunately, these desks are pricey and take up lots of space, but they are worthwhile as they keep you moving!