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Stand Up While You Work For a Greener and Healthier Life

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On September 9, 2010 @ 7:25 pm In Design,Design for Health | 1 Comment

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Are you sitting down for this? Well, you may want to stand up, actually… recent studies [1] have confirmed something that common sense has been telling us all for years: spending too much time sitting down is bad for your health [2]. A study recently published by the American Cancer Society [1] shows that spending much of your waking hours seated (i.e. that 9-5 work shift) has a deleterious effect on your health that puts you at high risk for obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – even if you diligently exercise every day!

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone if you think about how the human body works. You need to exercise your core muscles to keep them in good shape and keep your metabolism running – sitting for long periods of time allows your muscles to atrophy and burns very few calories. So whats the solution if your job requires you to spend a lot of time in front of a computer? Stand-working [3]! I have personally been a devotee of working standing up [2] for years, and I swear by it! Ever since I started stand-working [2], my back problems have resolved themselves, I have more energy, and the best part is that I feel that I can focus and concentrate better while standing up. For those of you who wonder “How can I get started with stand-working?” – more and more companies are catering to this growing market and making electric adjustable standing desks [3] that can be raised and lowered (and even lowered to sitting level if you really need it) at the touch of a button.


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[1] recent studies: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-07-27-sitting-death_N.htm

[2] spending too much time sitting down is bad for your health: http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/lifestyle/article/how-to-stand-and-deliver-productivity-and-health-jill-fehrenbacher

[3] Stand-working: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/sit-to-walkstation-desk-treadmill-burn-calories-while-you-work/

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