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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 December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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