Born to Stand

Born to Stand

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Recent studies have shown that sitting can have many negative impacts on our overall health. Many have even claimed that “sitting is the new smoking,” an unhealthy habit that is an accepted and unquestioned social norm. After all, it’s no secret that our bodies were made to move far more than we typically do in our sedentary, desk-bound, modern lifestyles.

In a demonstration of our natural inclination toward motion, a recent study of elementary school students showed that they overwhelmingly preferred standing workstations to traditional desks. In the Texas-based study, researchers filled elementary school classrooms with tall desks and stools that allowed students to easily stand or sit at their desks. Neither teachers nor students were given any instruction about how to use the desks. However, after 6 weeks, 70% of students never used their stools and the remaining 30% of students stood for the majority of the day. Contrary to fears that students might be more distracted while standing, researchers found that students were more alert, focused, and engaged while they stood.

If we’re so predisposed to motion, why have most of us resigned ourselves to sitting for the majority of our day? More importantly, how can we break away from this habit to be more active throughout our day?

At LUMOback, we make it easy for you to measure the amount of time that you spend sitting and standing each day and challenge yourself to be more active.

Even the little things, such as taking the stairs or going for a walking meeting with a colleague, can really add up to big positive steps toward a healthy lifestyle.

How do you find ways to be more active throughout the day? Let us know in the comments below!  

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Sources:

Berry, Sarah. “Sitting Is the New Smoking.” The Sydney Morning Herald, May 30, 2013. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/sitting-is-the-new-smoking-20130529-2nca0.html.

Deardorff, Julie. “Standing Desks: The Classroom of the Future.” Chicago Tribune, August 7, 2012. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-07/health/chi-standing-desks-the-classroom-of-the-future-20120807_1_desks-standings-classroom.

Ravn, Karen. “Don’t Just Sit There. Really.” Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2013. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/25/health/la-he-dont-sit-20130525.

Tate, Ryan. “In Silicon Valley, Sitting Is the New Smoking | Wired Business | Wired.com.” Wired Business, February 27, 2013. http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/sitting-is-the-new-smoking/.

Staying Active in the Workplace

Staying Active in the Workplace

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Newsflash: most of us don’t move enough in our daily lives. We’ve become increasingly sedentary, and even those of us who have regular fitness routines often spend long hours working at desk jobs, driving, and sitting in front of screens. Unsurprisingly, studies have shown that sedentary lifestyles can lead to a myriad of health complications, from back pain to depression to high cholesterol to diabetes.

In fact, some doctors have dubbed the link between inactivity and disease Sedentary Death Syndrome, or “SeDS.” Scarily, Sedentary Death Syndrome is estimated to kill over 300,000 Americans each year. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men who spent over 6 hours of leisure time sitting each day were 20 percent more likely to die within the 14 year follow-up period than men who sat for 3 hours of less. For women, this figure doubled to a 40 percent higher death rate among the women who spent more time sitting.

We aren’t telling you this to scare you. We know that you know how important it is to stay active. The problem is fitting some physical activity into our days. With our busy lives, it can seem tricky at best and daunting at worst. So, how can we stay healthy and active while managing all of our other responsibilities?

Luckily, you don’t have to be an Iron Man athlete to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle; little things can have a big impact! One great way to start is to stand more often. On the up side, many companies are increasingly focused on employee health and ergonomics, so standing desks are becoming more and more prevalent. Creating a standing workspace is a great way to decrease the amount of sedentary time in your life. You’ll also enjoy benefits like a higher daily calorie burn, improved posture, and greater alertness.

If standing at work isn’t an option, be sure to take frequent breaks so that you avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Even a quick trip to the water-cooler can help. Other ways to boost your workplace activity level includes walking down the hall to talk to a coworker in person instead of sending an email, or suggesting walking meetings whenever possible. Remember that every step counts toward your big picture goal of a more active lifestyle!

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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