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5 Ways Standing At Your Desk Can Help Make You Healthier

5 Ways Standing At Your Desk Can Help Make You Healthier

It’s widely known that sitting for extended periods of time can be harmful for your health, especially if those long timeframes are a daily (or almost daily) occurrence. If you have a job or a hobby which requires you to work at a desk, and because of that you spend many hours at a time sitting, then you may be interested in something rather new to the market: a sit-stand desk.

Just to give you an idea of how big a difference a sit-stand desk can make to your health, let’s take a look at 5 ways standing at your desk can help make you healthier.

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1. It can lower your heart disease risk.

Standing instead of sitting for hours at a time can reduce your likelihood of developing heart disease. It has been medically proven that sitting for extended periods of time can have adverse effects on the heart. Today, with new studies using updated equipment — such as the sit-stand desk — findings are confirming that standing is, indeed, healthier for the heart than sitting for extended periods is.

2. It prevents back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time.

Back pain may be one of the biggest complaints from people who spend a lot of time sitting. As a matter of fact, sitting for extended periods can result in true back injuries including disc problems, muscle strain, and backaches of both the upper and lower back. Standing not only reduces back pain, but allows more freedom of motion so you can stretch and move around, which will help relieve back pain and strain. Standing, rather than sitting for hours at a time, will benefit you also by allowing you to step in place, which will keep your back from being stressed.

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3. It can help you lose weight.

Weight gain is one of the most common complaints from people who have to sit for long timeframes. Sitting reduces the amount of calories you burn, while standing increases the amount of calories burned. Therefore, weight loss is greater for people who stand than it is for people who sit. Even if you only stand for half of your work day while alternating with sitting, you will end up burning more calories and losing weight more easily.

4. It helps keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Blood sugar levels may be lower if you make a point to stand at your desk. Again, alternating between standing and sitting can prevent your blood sugar from spiking, according to recent studies. Another study has shown that sitting after meals can be harmful, because when you are sedentary, your blood sugar goes up faster — especially after eating. Standing will help keep it more even and allow your body to process it in a healthier way.

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5. It can improve your mental health.

Standing can help with your mental health. Depression is a thief — it steals your joy, interferes with your ability to think clearly, and eventually can end up wrecking havoc on more areas of life than you can count. Sitting, not moving, and being sedentary and inactive will add to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. When you get moving, even simply standing in place and being able to move a little more than sitting would allow, you release endorphins which will help combat depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. These “feel-good hormones” are allowed to play a greater role in your life, giving you a healthier attitude and keeping your mind clear to think and concentrate properly. Moods will improve, mood swings will become less common, and spirits will rise as you rise with your new sit-stand desk.

When it comes right down to it, standing is much healthier than sitting. Now that there is this new desk available, even people who have desk jobs can reap the benefits of being on their feet more. Joining the ranks of the health conscious is only a step, or a stand, away.

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Choosing the sit-stand desk may reduce your chances of developing heart disease, becoming diabetic, and suffering from mental fog and depression. Not only that, it will introduce you to a lifestyle which helps you burn more calories and lose or maintain a healthy weight. Standing is the new thing, and it may end up being the best thing you ever introduced in your own work life. No more “sit down job,” instead it will be a “standing for health job.”

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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