A Standing Desk at Work Could Be Your Ticket to Better Health
Some people are led to believe that the American dream involves a 9-5 office job that allows them to sit at a desk all day, and then return home to have dinner and spend time with their families. This is a wonderful sentiment, but when people aspire for this type of work situation, they don't always realize some of the negative sides of this arrangement. They may begin to wonder:
- Why do I feel tired throughout the day?
- Why am I starting to gain weight?
- Why do my neck and back hurt all the time?
The truth? Those complaints may be tied to sitting all day long at a desk. Sitting for short amounts of time can be fine, but when you are sedentary for a large portion of the day, your body can start to feel the effects of not moving around enough. Some office workers become sick or injured due to their workplace lifestyle and may end up filing a worker's compensation claim. Also, running to the gym after a day at work isn't going to help; studies show that sitting all day and then exercising later does not counteract the damage that has already been done while sitting.
So what are you supposed to do if you are in this situation? Many workers around the nation are beginning to request standing desks. These are just what they sound like: desks that require you to stand while you work rather than sit. Most of these desks are adjustable and can move back down to a "normal" desk, or some people will pull up a tall stool when they need to sit down. In fact, standing all day may not be the best thing for your body either, and it is recommended that you alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. How long you choose to sit and stand is up to you, but it is best to listen to your body. The goal is to mix things up so you are not at one extreme end of the spectrum for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Do you have a standing desk or know someone who does? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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