Standing up for Your Health

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As someone who is either sitting down at the office or sitting in my car going to and from sales presentations, I spend a lot of my day with my behind on a seat and it’s killing me. Lower back pain, loss of flexibility in my legs and lethargy by 2pm are some of the most common things I face working in and out of the office. Not to mention those few hours at home I sit and watch a couple of episodes of my favourite shows back to back (I’ve never been someone who can wait until the next week to find out who was the murderer. I must know now!). I calculated that I was sitting for up to 12 hours a day! Even with exercising for at least an hour most days, I was still feeling the effects of the hours of sitting I was doing.

There has been a lot of research in the past ten years about the effects sitting for more than 6 hours a day has on our bodies. It is reported that if you sit for 6 or more hours a day, you are 40% more likely to die 15 years early than someone who sits less than 3. If that’s not enough to get you to stand up for your health, here are a few other facts about sitting that are slowly killing us:

Increase in heart problems

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A study done in 2010, found that people who spent more than 4 hours sitting in front of a TV or computer each day were 125 percent more likely to have heart problems over a 4-year period.

Increase risk of getting type 2 diabetes

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Sitting for too long during the day increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 91%. The reason being is, if you don’t use your muscles after a meal, they don’t take up sugar from the blood as they should, said Frank Booth, professor of Physiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This means most of the sugar from your meal will stay in your blood. Over time, this may put you at risk for high blood glucose levels, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.

Increase in risk of cancer

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About a 13-14% increase in the risk of being diagnosed with cancer. These include breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancers.

Muscle atrophy

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Use it, don’t lose it. Have you ever gotten up from your desk after a few hours and have sore muscles in your legs? This is due to the fact that when you sit down, the electrical impulses that operate in your legs when moving, cease to fire when you sit down, causing your leg muscles to weaken.

Sore back

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When we sit down, our hip flexes are not being stretch (rather they are getting tighter and tighter from lack of movement and lack of stretching). Our lower back has to take on most of the strain of our body when we do move as our hip flexes are too tight and tired to move our bodies correctly.

But I hear you say that you exercise each day for at least 30 minutes. That’s great that you are active and moving but research suggests that exercise alone is not enough to combat long periods of sedentary behaviours.

So what can you do to help? There are two things that will instantly improve your health. Every half an hour you should need to get out of chair and move or stand up for at least 5 minutes. Go for a walk to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, walk down the stairs. Instead on emailing a colleague, walk over to their desk to speak with them. Stretch. These stretches can easily be done near your desk. Getting a sit stand desk can help and there are even apps out there to alert you when to go into stand position. When using a sit stand, it is recommended when you first start using the desk to try to aim for 2 hours of standing through the day, eventually building up to 4 hours.

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DPG-formfittings offers two sizes for your sit stand needs, the larger being able to hold up to two 8kg monitors. Call or email us to discuss your ergonomical needs as well as a free quote and availability.

+612 9669 3449 sales@w1.dpg-formfittings.com.au

References:

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/deskercise#4

https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/sitting-at-your-desk-is-eating-your-muscles

https://www.diygenius.com/your-desk-job-is-killing-you-the-truth-about-sitting-down-infographic/

http://www.livescience.com/15324-ssedentary-behavior-health-risks.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303343404577516853567934264

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