We all do it everyday. We are told that we should be up and about more, but something keeps us glued to our sets. It could be our televisions, our computers, or simply a habit in your workday. Whatever it is, the evidence is clear, sitting too much is bad for your health.
First off, check out this video featuring Dr. Joan Vernikos, a scientist, who, when in NASA, conducted research on how absence of gravity in space causes deterioration in astronauts’ muscles .
Here’s a brief run-down –
A traditional diet and exercise model is not enough to prevent harmful effects of a technology-driven and sedentary lifestyle. A series of frequent, low-intensity, gravity-defying movements are more effective at keeping obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cardio-vascular problems at bay rather than – say exercising three to five times a week in a gym. So perpetual motion is very important. Dr. Vernikos remembers our grandmothers and great grandmothers, who ran households by doing everything – from churning butter to washing clothes on the river – at home. She is not advocating that we go back to that lifestyle – she wants us to use that idea of motion and movement in our everyday life and resort to frequent movements and movement changes.
You should be able to get up and keep up with your day in a way that is active and engaged. But this is not the case, as most of us have come to terms with. Many of us work in jobs where we have no choice but to sit and work in front of our computer. So, what do we do about this problem?
You could try running around with phone attached to your ear, but that would only make your clients wonder why you’re out of breath. You could strap a computer to your chest, but that would only look silly and the battery would run out. Let’s talk about some REAL solutions for your office space.
There are so many options in terms of sit-stand workstations today that the selection is virtually endless. The question is, which one is right for you? If you own a desk already, buy a monitor arm, if you need a whole new set up, it might be a good idea to look at sit-stand workstations. Whatever your needs are in this realm, we can help you make an informed decision.
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