Did you know that if you sit for eight hours or more a day, your chance of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 90%? Health experts have issued warnings about the adverse effects of sitting, but how can we sit less and move more in a society where 6 out of 10 adults use computers at work? Ergonomics experts have found a simple but ingenious solution – the stand up desk! Below are three benefits of using stand up desks.
Helps to reduce your risk of obesity
Sitting down slows your metabolism and muscle activity. A healthy woman of average weight who does not drink or smoke gradually loses muscle mass if she sits more than six hours a day.
But standing doesn’t necessarily contribute to a healthier, leaner body on its own. Standing does increase your likelihood of moving around, thereby burning more calories and saving more muscle mass than you did just sitting. You are more likely to stretch, do a little tension exercise, walk over to your colleague’s table rather than using email and maybe even be inspired to take the steps instead of the elevator. Overall? A reduction in obesity numbers.
Helps reduce your risk of diabetes
Getting the post-lunch slump at work? That’s because when you eat, your blood sugar levels peak then drop. They actually drop much faster if you’re still sitting after eating. On the other hand, blood sugar levels return to normal faster when you’re on your feet. Studies have proved that people with sedentary lifestyles are more likely to develop diabetes, in part due to extreme blood sugar changes. and the body’s struggle to produce enough insulin to consistently deal with it.
Reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases
Adults who sit for more than six hours a day are also at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. This was first discovered in the 1950s when studies found that London bus drivers who sit are twice as likely to have heart attacks than the ones who stand.
But balance is important. Standing long periods of time can lead to circulatory issues like varicose veins. Excessive standing can also lead to lower back pain. Buy a sit to stand desk instead. It allows you to split your time between standing and sitting, easily.
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