Have you heard that sitting isn’t good for you? In fact, some people even believe sitting could be “the new smoking.”
When I learned this, you better believe I was suddenly terrified that my desk job was killing me. Apparently, even doing boot camp and Turbo Kick classes can’t make up for the negative health effects of sitting down for 40+ hours a week.
So what’s a health-conscious person with an office job to do?
Take a Stand
Using a standing desk is very trendy right now, and with good reason. There’s evidence that standing for several hours each day instead of sitting can help lower your risk for obesity, metabolic problems, and cardiovascular disease.
And luckily, my department recently decided that anyone who wanted a standing desk would get one. (I’m writing this blog post while standing up right now!)
It’s a big contraption that sits on top of my desk, and I can move it up and down to whatever height I need. It’s kind of bulky, but it usually doesn’t get in my way.
My first impression? Standing up is kind of tiring. It’s no surprise—standing burns about 20 percent more calories than sitting. But I learned to take breaks whenever I got tired, usually between 20 minutes and an hour, then go back to standing up. So, in the end, I’m sitting down about three hours a day.
Make the Switch
If you do make the switch to a standing desk, make sure you follow some basic rules:
- Try it out before you spend a bunch of money, even if that means stacking your computer on some books for a few hours.
- Adjust your standing desk to a comfortable height—you shouldn’t be straining to look up or down.
- Take plenty of breaks to sit down, especially when you’re just starting out.
Have you ever tried a standing desk, or even a treadmill desk? What do you think of it?
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