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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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