4 Reasons You Should Sit and Stand While You Work
Are you tired of being tired after work? Do you want to feel better about your job? If so, take a quick look at these 4 reasons why you should find a way to stand part of the day while you work. It doesn’t matter if you put a box on your desk for Zero Dollars or you spend $5,000 for a full size electric desk, the goal is to get you up and moving while you work.
- Recent studies have shown a link between sitting in a chair all day and cancer rates. “It’s just one more reason to “get up and walk,” said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge “The message here is like everything in your life. People need to recognize that the things you do every day have consequences. And if you’re in a job that does require sitting, that’s fine, but any time you can expend energy is good. That’s the key.”
- While there is not a complete study to verify this, I can tell you from my experience that when you feel better physically, you tend to feel better about your work. I had gotten to the point where I was unhappy in my job, but after using an adjustable height desk for just a few weeks, I had this renewed interest in my work.
- To avoid health risk you need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. By standing part of the day it gives you the opportunity to do squats and calf lifts while you are working.
- The answer isn’t to stand all day either. Hazards Magazine says “Individuals spending most of the day on their feet every working day are at greater risk of health problems including varicose veins, poor circulation and swelling in the feet and legs, foot problems, joint damage, heart and circulatory problems and pregnancy difficulties.”
The bottom line is that if you sit all day it’s bad. If you stand all day it isn’t much better. Like most things in life, moderation is the key. Alternate between standing and sitting though out the day, sitting for a half hour then standing for an hour or so. Rinse and Repeat! Once you are comfortable standing for an hour or so, take things to another level by standing on one leg for a while. Be careful not to over do it, but there are so many different ways to move while you are standing and working.