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7 Amazing Benefits of A Standing Desk That Make You Want One Now

7 Amazing Benefits of A Standing Desk That Make You Want One Now

While we all know that being sedentary is not ideal, until recently we didn’t have a solution that gets us out of the office chair without impacting productivity. That is now changing with the standing desk making its mark in corporate and home offices throughout the nation. Standing desk enthusiasts are improving their health and energy while working.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these 7 benefits of a standing desk will give you a pretty good idea of why choosing to stand instead of sitting will add to your life expectancy.

1. You will live longer

Medical research states the more time someone sits, the shorter life may be! “Many of us in modern society have jobs which involve sitting at a computer all day,” says Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow at the University of Leicester in England. “We might convince ourselves that we are not at risk of disease because we manage the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.”But, she says, we “are still at risk if we sit all day.”

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2. Increased Energy Levels

The daily roller coaster, especially during the dreaded afternoon slump can be avoided by the standing desk. Energy levels remain more constant. Facebook recruiter Greg Hoy told the Wall Street Journal, “I don’t get the 3 o’clock slump anymore, I feel active all day long.”

3. You stay focused

Working on a project at your standing desk keeps you focused on that one task you are working on right then and there.  You are no longer distracted by multitasking which means you stay focused for longer.

4. Productivity levels increase

According to the team at the Draugiem Group Standing desks led to up to 10% more productivity. The reason was that when standing, there was that sense of urgency to get the task done. Standing also led to higher energy levels so the nonproductive midafternoon slump didn’t arrive.

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5. Your metabolism increases

You burn less calories per year than a person did 50 years ago. When you sit at your computer, your calorie burn slows to 1 calorie per minute. In the 1960’s nearly half of all jobs required physical activity, today its less than 20%. Today we have less physical jobs, more automation, and live life at a much busier pace.  Going to the health club and working out for 45-60 minutes is not enough.  We need to interject movement “throughout” the day to compensate for all those little movements that have slowly been eliminated from our daily routine.

6. Your gym time won’t be wasted

Regular exercise is a key factor to staying healthy. Going to the gym is the right step but if you couple that with sitting all day, you may negate the benefits of all your hard work.  Recent studies tell us that we need to extend physical activity beyond the gym to make a bigger impact in our life. Research at The American Cancer Society (ACS) highlighted that spending more than 6 hours per day sitting for women increase the likelihood of dying by 37 percent (for men, it was 18 percent).

7. You are designing your health future

The human body is simply not designed to sit for many hours at a time. Spending all day with pressure on your spine can have long-term effects. Walking is when our spine is in “neutral”. Standing is the next best thing.

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“The most striking feature of prolonged sitting is the absence of skeletal muscle contractions, particularly in the very large muscles of the lower limbs,” says David W. Dunstan, a professor at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia, senior author of the Australian study, and a pioneer in the study of sedentary behavior.

When muscles don’t contract, they require less fuel, and the surplus, in the form of blood sugar, accumulates in the bloodstream, contributing to diabetes risk and other health concerns.

The best solution is to mix up your day with sitting, standing and walk. Your best position for your health is your next position.

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For you overachievers who want to work while walking the next step up is to look at treadmill desks.

Are you ready to improve your health by standing and walking more while working? Leave a comment with your experience with standing or walking while you work. And any other creative ways you have to improve your health and decrease sitting time.

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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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