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Why You Should Have a Standing Desk
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Ergonomics in the office are one of the hottest topics of conversation in office worker health as obesity is one of the leading health problems in America. With so many Americans holding office jobs that require them to be in front of a computer for eight or nine hours a day, it is very easy to get stuck in a sedentary lifestyle and simply enjoy the comfort of your office chair. If you are looking for an alternative to sitting at your desk all day and harming your health, a standing desk may be the best a healthiest possible option for you for many different reasons.
Did you know a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of cardiovascular disease? According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, for people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking. That is a very scary statistic, but one that can easily be combated through alternative options. A standing desk is arguably the best route to go if you are done with your days of sitting. While standing all day still probably isn't the best option for your health, a stand/sit desk that is adjustable to give yourself the option to alternate throughout the day will allow you to rest a bit, while also burning tons more calories and keeping you healthier.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time can also put you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes. The sedentary lifestyle from sitting all day long has shown to reduce the regulation of proper glucose levels in the bloodstream, which can increase your chances of Type 2 diabetes.
A handful of studies have shown that a standing desk can also help reduce your risk of cancer. Breast and colon cancer seem to be the most affected by a lack of physical activity and a study done in 2011 by Alberta Health Services Cancer Care in Canada showed that sitting potentially leads to 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer a year. All that being said, a standing desk is an easy option to improve your health.
While sitting is usually the more comfortable position, unfortunately, it is also very slowly killing you. Having the option to stand at your workspace can greatly improve your health and give you more energy throughout the day.