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Canadians Realize Benefits of Height Adjustable Sit / Stand Desks

Apparently, sitting on a chair for more than 20 minutes starts to affect your health. Sitting around for 5 hours is as bad as smoking a pack and a half of cigars.
This is certainly not good news, for those of us working long office hours, but we were already expecting it. Many of us suffer from back pains, low energy and weight gain due to the sedentary nature of our jobs. Still, we need money, so we learn to live with the discomfort that’s slowly eating away at our health.


A Simple Solution to a Common Problem
Sitting down for hours on end is not recommended, but it’s also not necessary. If your lower back is hurting, you can always stand up.
Standing desks have been in high demand ever since the 18’th century. These days, we have sit/stand desks which allow us to switch between the two according to our needs.


The Active Office Worker’s Salvation
If you’re a sports enthusiast or just used to a generally active lifestyle, staying on a chair for 7-8 hours a day can feel like hell. Often times, you’ll find yourself taking coffee breaks or chatting with coworkers just to keep yourself moving. If you’re such a person, sitting at a normal desk can lower your productivity and your mood.
With a height adjustable one, such problems do not occur. You can stand all day or alternate between up and down. You can stretch your legs while writing or move a bit while taking phone calls. At the end of the day, you’ll be more effective, healthier and happier.


Sit And Stand for a Longer Life
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, being a “stand up” guy or girl can help you live a longer, happier life. Nasty problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer are less likely to happen to people with an active lifestyle.
Therefore, rising from the sea of cubicles and standing tall at your height adjustable desk may just be the thing to save your life. After all, it is the little changes done over a long period of time that truly make a difference.


Improve Your Productivity With Height Adjustable Desks
Often times, increasing your productivity by just 1% can make the difference between earning an average income and getting a promotion. If you’re the owner of your company, increasing the employees’ energy and concentration by even a little can greatly improve their results.
Our natural tendency is to sit down when trying to rest and relax. When it’s time to go to work, we get up. As a result, it’s far easier to concentrate on your work at a sit/stand desk than it is on a normal one. In the long run, this small change results in a higher income for everyone involved and an overall better work environment.


Improve Your Teamwork With Sit / Stand Desks
When everyone is stuck in their cubicles, communication between employees is often difficult. If you’re to work as a team with your peers, then a back and forth is necessary. But when mailing is impersonal and walking takes time, what do you do?
Lowering the cubicle walls and lifting up the desks is an easy solution to this problem. When everyone can see everyone else, people are far less likely to slack off, productivity rises and so does communication. As a result, you’ll work better and feel less isolated.


Making The Best Use of Height Adjustable Sit / Stand Desks
Although sitting on a chair all day is proven to be bad for your health, always standing up is also not recommended. Cramps and soreness in your legs are just some of the things you should consider.
Ideally, you should have an active lifestyle, where you switch between sitting and doing moderate exercise/movement regularly. So, to make the most of height adjustable sit/stand desks, you should make the most out of its height adjustable feature. Alternate between sitting and standing every 30-60 minutes for the best working experience.


Why Every Office Needs Height Adjustable Sit / Stand Desks
A business is only as good as its employees. If the staff is uncomfortable at work or is suffering from various health issues, it will simply not perform at its best.
If you want to be more productive while being overall happier and more energized, then it’s time to change your desk. Get a height adjustable sit/stand desk now to enjoy it for the rest of your life.

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Too Much Sitting Can Kill You

There is a lot of talk right now about the disadvantages of sitting, whether at a desk, in a car or in front of the television, for extended periods of time. Sluggishness is just one of the many symptoms pointed out in this graphic from The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/health/sitting/Sitting.pdf
A few of the other considerations are degeneration of various muscle groups, skeletal problems in the neck, back and shoulders, poor leg circulation and possible damages to internal organs, including cancer of the colon.

If you spend enough time sitting while at work, you are likely to suffer from at least some “brain fog.” This means that you will be under-achieving and will accomplish less work. As an employee, this might mean you will be overlooked for promotions and you will get smaller raises. If you are a business owner, you can probably guess what a few hours of lower productivity for yourself or your employees might do to your bottom line.

Now let’s get to the title of this article, ” Too Much Sitting Can Kill You.” This article from Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-sitting-linked-heart-disease-diabetes-premature-death-201501227618 points out that all the sitting we do every day ” could be sending us to an early grave.” Higher risk of cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, cancer and even a greater possibility of suffering from dementia have all been linked to inactivity, and specifically to sitting too much.

Even if you are working in a job that is traditionally sedentary, there are lots of things you can do to make some small improvements in your activity. Rather than phoning or emailing a colleague, walk to their office for a brief chat. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Not only will you have a reason to go to the water cooler, but you will also need to get up to go to the washroom more often. Don’t worry about the extra breaks. You will actually accomplish more because each of these interruptions will allow you to return to work more energized. You might try standing while on the phone.

Perhaps the best solution is to find a way to do most of your work while standing up. This is where the standing desk or even the treadmill desk comes in. But this is the subject of another story.

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Canadian says Too Much Standing – As Bad As Too Much Sitting?

Throughout history, many famous high-achievers, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill all worked at standing desks. (There are far too many examples to list them all here.) Employers like Facebook and Google have an ever-increasing number of workers requesting stand-up desks. Reported benefits, according to The Smithsonian, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-health-benefits-standing-desks-180950259/?no-ist include a reduction in risk of obesity and a few other major diseases, resulting in Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk. Scientists referred to in the article have stated that “the negative effects of extended sitting can’t be countered by brief bouts of strenuous exercise.” One more thing to consider: Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting. Some offices have taken this to heart and given workers standing desks to help boost their health and fitness levels while they work.

However, standing at a desk all day can also cause problems. The following article details some of these troubles. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296769.php
You may start out with sore feet, leg cramps and back ache, but complications can move far beyond that to varicose veins, thrombosis and serious back pain. Symptoms are more likely if you stand with very little movement for extended periods. Pregnant women should stand a maximum of about 3 hours per day – more than that could result in reduced birth weight of their baby. The following article from Corporate Health Resources, Inc. http://www.chr.com/news/Good_Bad_Effects_of_Standing_at_Work.html#.VjRCRSsuX5s explains that, among other things, standing too many hours a day may result in “preterm birth and spontaneous abortion in pregnant women.”

It has been demonstrated that neither sitting all day nor standing for extended periods, particularly if you cannot move around to maintain good leg circulation, is a healthy option. Although there may be other possible solutions, it appears that one answer is the sit-stand desk. We will discuss this and some other options in a future post.

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Get Your Sit/Stand Desk Now – Before It’s Too Late

It has been well-established (see the accompanying articles on this website and take another look at some of the additional research references) that:

• Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Sitting all day in an office is a death sentence.

• Exercise, even an hour or more of vigorous exercise every day, does not offset the effects of excessive prolonged sitting. In fact, prolonged sitting is too much sitting and, I repeat, is dangerous to your health.

• Too much standing can also be risky in a lot of ways. It may be just as bad as sitting for too long.

• There is a need to balance sitting time and standing time at work. The balance between the two is not the same for everyone, depending on age, health and physical condition.

There are a number of possible solutions to this dilemma:
• You may have a large enough office space that you can have both a stand-up and a sit-down desk and you may be able to vary your tasks such that you don’t need to move a lot of material from one location to the other every time you need to move from one station to the other.

• Some people may find it acceptable to just use a standing desk and sit on a stool or high chair for a break from time-to-time. This is probably more workable in some professions than in others; for most office workers, I do not believe working on a high stool would be efficient or comfortable.

• Treadmill desks have been around for awhile and some people swear by them. Of course, they don’t get around the problem of standing too much; however, at least your legs are moving and the circulation problems associated with standing in a fixed position will be alleviated. Sore feet may also be less of a concern. However, people who are overweight, pregnant or those with specific health concerns, e.g. heart problems, are not good candidates for a treadmill desk. I personally use a treadmill desk for reading reports, including some on my laptop, but I find it very unsatisfactory for writing or typing, other than for very brief notes. You might be able to get around this by setting your treadmill at a very low speed; I personally can’t see the point of getting on a treadmill if I’m not going to get some exercise benefit.

• The only solution that is really likely to work for most people is to get a sit/stand desk. This gives you the opportunity to balance your time between sitting and standing. As Petra says on http://www.movementrevolution.ca/not-because-old/, “the so-called diseases of aging – osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pelvic floor disorders, high blood pressure, and more – are all diseases of movement. Not enough movement, and not the right movement.” I wouldn’t claim that the sit/stand desk will be the answer to all your health tribulations. You will still need to incorporate healthy exercise (and other healthy choices) into your lifestyle if you want to feel really good. But the sit/stand desk is a change you can make to your life right now and you can incorporate it while doing something, i.e. work, that you need to do anyway.
The next article is going to include sections on 1) how to convince your boss, 2) how to choose the right desk for yourself, 3) a discussion of some related accessories and 4) maybe a couple more reasons why you should start right now.

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Choosing a Sit-Stand Desk from Canadian Companies

Now that you have come to the decision that you need to have a sit/stand desk, there are a number of steps to take. Price should not be the only consideration – nor even the first one. Take a look at the following list; I’m sure you will be able to think of some other things that might be particularly important to you.

• What size desk do I need? Some desks can be ordered without the desktop so you can order yours separately to suit your requirements. One of my coworkers decided the desktop he bought was too small so he ended up buying and installing a bigger one

• This also allows you to choose your own desktop material, which may or may not be available from the factory.

• How easy (or difficult) will it be to adjust periodically between standing and sitting? An electrically operated crank is more expensive than a hand crank but may be quicker and/or quieter. Check the specs before ordering.

• How much weight should my desk support? Check the specs before ordering.

• Can I build my own? Maybe you can, but the crank mechanism, whether the hand crank or the electrical one is beyond me.

ARE YOU SELF-EMPLOYED?
If you are self-employed, we can get right to the point, you already know you need a sit/stand desk. Every day you delay continues to threaten your health, your energy, your productivity and your wealth. Don’t make the mistake of waiting “Until I can afford it.” Every day you delay is costing you money and yes, it will pay for itself in less time than you can imagine.

IS YOUR BOSS STILL USING A SITDOWN DESK?
If you are working for someone else, you will probably have to get permission from your boss to get a sit/stand desk. So how do you approach him/her? Of course, you know your boss and I don’t, so the best I can do is give you some suggestions:

• In some of the related articles here, we have already provided you with a number of the arguments you might need. Maybe you will even need to include some of the “authority links,” i.e. the articles we quoted from Washington Post, The Smithsonian, etc.

• Due to lack of movement, many (maybe most) people have pains and health problems they wouldn’t have if they moved more. See http://www.movementrevolution.ca/about/

• If you’ve tried all the arguments that really should convince your boss to spring for a good quality desk for you and still don’t get the go-ahead, there are some things that you might try. You could show your boss how serious you are by setting up your own temporary desk upgrade. http://www.sccadoonething.org/find-your-thing/take-control/convince-your-boss-to-buy-you-a-standing-desk

• If, after all this, your boss still won’t allow you to have a standing desk, it might be time to look for a job where you might have a longer life expectancy. We’re not talking about the life of the job here, but rather your life. Each year – actually, each day – spent sitting at a desk takes a toll on your health. See again, TOO MUCH SITTING CAN KILL YOU and remember your job should be helping you to have a better life without destroying your health.

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Sitting Makes You Sick (And It Might Kill You)

On June 26, 2018 the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that too much sitting raises the risk of a whole host of life-threatening diseases. These include Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other circulatory diseases, various diseases of the digestive system and many others. These findings were based on a 21-year study of over 127,000 American men and women who were free of major chronic disease when the study began. There was strong correlation between time spent sitting and incurrence of various diseases. It even found that suicide rates are higher for people who spend more time sitting.

After adjusting for various factors, it was shown that those subjects who spent 6 or more leisure hours sitting had a higher risk of mortality from all causes compared with those who spent fewer than 3 hours of their leisure time sitting.

It would seem to be obvious that if you spend more of your leisure hours sitting then it would be beneficial to spend more of your non-leisure time not sitting. One of the ways you can do this is to get up and move around more at work. This is particularly appropriate if you have a desk job. Many people are really not in a situation where they can leave their work station. For these people, it might be appropriate to perform their work while standing. The benefits to the employer are obvious; employees will be healthier and are likely to lose less time due to illness. For many cases, a standing desk can solve the problem. However, many people, either due to the type of work they are doing or because of their current state of health, may not be able to spend their entire work shift on their feet.

Have you ever considered a Canadian “sit stand desk?” It allows the option of sitting part of the day and standing for the remainder. As your physical condition improves due to being more physically active, i.e. standing instead of sitting, you will find yourself standing at your desk for longer and longer periods of time. This of course reinforces the benefits of the sit stand desk.

Do you sometimes have trouble staying alert while sitting at your desk? You are less likely to have that problem while standing at the desk, even while performing the same tasks.

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Stand Desk Stretches

5 easy stretches to do if you stand all day at your job

Whether you have to be on your feet all day for your job or you have moved to a standing desk arrangement because you’re trying not to spend all day sitting down, standing up all day can lead to pain in your legs, swollen feet, tight calves and even lower back pain. One thing you can do is to ensure you are wearing comfortable shoes with compression socks, but there are stretches you can do to help. We’ve put together a list of five that are effective at relieving pain and also help to strength your muscles.

Split Squats

Put one leg forward and take the other leg back to give you a long stance. When in this position slowly drop straight down until your back knee touches the floor and you can feel your thigh in your front leg stretching. Slowly rise up again and repeat with your legs reversed. Doing this a few times can help to relieve pain in your legs and strengthen your thigh muscles.

Standing Half Moon

A relatively easy yoga stretch to do is the Standing Half Moon. Stand normally and raise your arms above your head until the palms touch, making sure your keep your arms straight. Bend to your right, slowly, until you can feel the muscles on the left side of your body stretching. Try to keep the rest of your body as still as possible and don’t push your hips to the left. Simply bend until you feel a slight stretch. Hold this pose for ten seconds and then slowly return to standing straight. Then bend to the left.

Tree Pose

The tree pose is not only an excellent stretch for your back and legs, it can also help to improve your balance. Standing on one leg, raise the other leg and place your foot on the inside of your thigh. If you can’t get your leg that high, the place your foot against your calf. Raise your arms above your head and bring your palms together, keeping your arm straight. Hold this pose for ten seconds and then slowly lower your arms and leg. Repeat standing on the other leg.

Fold Forwards

When it comes to stretching your back and legs to relieve pain, one of the simplest things you can do is to stand with your legs shoulder width apart with your knees slightly bent. Once in this position slowly fold yourself forwards until you feel the stretch in your back. Don’t push yourself to go further forward just let your arms hang down in front of you and feel your back and legs stretching. Hold it for twenty to forty seconds and then slowly roll back up to standing. If you need a more advanced pose, then bring your legs closer together and bend your nose to the knee, placing your hands on the floor by your feet.

The Plank

The plank is something that is designed to help strengthen your core muscles, but it is also an incredible stretch if you have pain in your back. If you suffer from sciatica or simply have lower back pain then doing the plank for as long as you can and slowly building up how long you can hold it will not only stretch your back but strength it too so that the pain you feel standing up all day is lessened.

Santolanāsana(Plank Pose) | Rumi Earth Yoga

To do the plank simply lie on your front in the press up position, only have your forearms pressed flat on the floor. Lift your body off the floor and keeping it in a straight line. Hold it for as long as you can and lower yourself back to the floor. It is hard at first, but it is very effective if you keep practicing. Don’t worry if you can only hold it for 5 seconds, it all helps!