Are you sitting in front of a computer for several hours a day? Do you have to work at a computer for long periods of time?
If so, you could suffer adverse health effects if you sit for that long. Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time is not good for our health. Many health problems can arise due to sitting for a long time.
These include neck and back problems because the neck compresses more when sitting. Other problems include an increased risk of diabetes, distal colon cancer, and rectal cancer. On top of that, getting up is just good for us. Humans weren't supposed to stay sedentary for very long periods of time.
Our bodies are in an unnatural state when they are seated in a chair, despite the feeling of relaxation or well-being at that time. It is good for us to get up, stand up, walk or do some light exercises from time to time. Take away the fact that eyestrain is another problem people who stare at a computer screen for a long time often develop, but taking a break from the computer is a very good thing.
Add to that the fact that if we simply stand up while working on our computers, we can burn more calories while counteracting the negative effects of sitting all day.
Some estimates say that you can burn up to 50 calories per hour while working at a standing desk. That may seem insignificant, but in the course of 6 hours you could burn 300 calories.
Sitting for a long time can also lead to heart disease and other problems. Standing while you work solves many of these problems and at the same time makes you healthier, it can help you burn calories and feel more positive about yourself.
If you are switching to a standing desk, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Don't try to be on your feet all day from the beginning; work for it.
Start standing for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Build up to an hour, then more and more. The important thing is to start doing it. And really, you don't want to be on your feet all day, either. That can lead to other adverse effects like foot and ankle problems.
In life, moderation is usually the key to almost everything. If you can get to stand for 4-6 hours of your workday, you will be doing great! Remember also that it would be good to do some light exercises while you work. You can incorporate little things throughout your day.
For example, if you're talking on the phone and you can't do anything else anyway, why don't you move, walk, or even dance a bit? You can take a short break to do some squats or push-ups. Instead of instant messaging or emailing a coworker, walk over to your desk.
After all, it's nice to chat face to face and many of us lose the art of talking to people IRL (in real life); if you can get healthy while improving your workplace, then you can kill two birds with one stone!
Many companies offer height adjustable desks. These are desks that can be raised or lowered depending on whether you want to stand or sit.
Other offices are permanently built to stand. We recommend that you get an adjustable version so that you don't always have to stand. An alternative would be to simply build your own temporary standing desk using a few cardboard boxes you might have around.
Keep in mind that you will want the screen at eye level and the keyboard and mouse at approximately belly level. This may require boxes at different heights. Using laptops like this is a bit tricky, but you can always use a second screen or keyboard.
Ultimately, it's all about health and a long, healthy life. If just getting up and working can make a big difference, why not?
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