- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Weight gain
- Blood clots
- Stroke and a
- Shorter Life Expectancy
Unfortunately, research also shows that even individuals that exercise regularly still have elevated risks from periods of prolonged sitting. Stand up desks can help break up periods of prolonged sitting at work or in your home office.
SittingKillz, Stand Up!
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Modern office life is full of conveniences that make our workday easier. Email, chat systems, remote meetings, Skype—all this and more have made it simpler than ever to communicate with one another and get the job done. But there’s a huge drawback: we’re sitting too much. A few decades ago, we’d walk down the hall when we needed to speak to a co-worker. We might even have climbed a flight of stairs or two. Since that’s not necessary anymore, we end up sitting virtually all day long, with very few breaks. Add to that the commute to and from work and the few hours we might watch TV in the evening, and we’re a nation of people who are sedentary for a good 20 out of every 24 hours. In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of what they’re calling “prolonged sitting” or “sitting disease,” and the news isn’t good, folks. In fact, it’s downright scary. Prolonged sitting is clearly and indisputably linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, premature death, musculoskeletal disorders, disrupted metabolic functions, and depression. What’s more, the health impact of prolonged sitting is the same regardless of other factors such as whether you smoke, exercise, or are overweight. The bottom line (no pun intended) is that prolonged sitting is bad for everyone.
A sit-stand workstation can truly be a life-changer. It allows you to raise and lower your desk at the push of a button, giving your body a much-needed break from sitting, an increase in energy, and an improvement in pain. Recent scientific, peer-reviewed studies have shown that the use of sit-stand desks among study participants resulted in an average 45% reduction in musculoskeletal pain, an average productivity boost of 42%, and significant improvement in fatigue, vigor, tension, confusion, and depression. Being able to stand regularly brings blood flow and muscle activation back to your legs, helping you process that fat and glucose and reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease. It also burns calories—as many as 200 per day if you stand for half of your workday. That works out to a significant 20-pound weight loss in one year.
As seen in the study results above, switching to an adjustable-height workstation can also bring relief if you suffer from back pain or other musculoskeletal pain. Did you know that back pain is the #1 cause of work-related disability in people under 45, and is responsible for $1billion spent per year in workers’ comp and medical expenses? Back pain also results in 93 million lost work days each year. Clearly, a sit-stand desk is beneficial not only for the workers who use them, but for a company’s bottom line. Employers, take note: Two-thirds of office workers wish their companies offered sit-stand workstations, and 60% believe they would be more productive using a sit-stand desk. This is a case where everyone wins. Employees are happier and healthier, and companies save money on medical costs and missed work days, as well as enjoy a boost from more productive workers. Join the sit-stand revolution to see how much better you feel and how much more you can get done!
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