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Posted on 04-24-2015
The majority of office workers spend their working day sitting. A simple change is to utilize a sit- stand workstation. A person does not need to spend the entire day standing to gain significant benefits. Standing all day has its own downside; just ask anyone who works in retail.
Certain conditions can limit the extent to which one can utilizing a standing workstation (a few examples would be Pregnancy, Varicose veins, Plantar Fascitiis). So it is best to be able to switch back and forth between sitting and standing. As long as you don’t have any of these limiting conditions, reducing your sit time by standing or changing between sitting and standing regularly offers a number of benefits:
• Strengthens leg, ankle and foot muscles
• Improves balance
• Reduces likelihood of blood clots deep in the lower extremity
• Increased muscle movement helps improve lymphatic circulation
• Reduces cardiovascular disease risk
• Enhances alertness
• Encourages more movement
• Allows for deeper breathing
• Increases good HDL cholesterol levels
• Decreases bad LDL cholesterol levels
• Promotes weight loss (due to movement and postural muscle activity)
• Easier on the lower back
• This is a more common natural posture
• Is less fatiguing (muscles do not hold static position for prolonged periods)
Static positions, and sitting in particular, have a variety of bad health effects. Humans are meant to move. The sit-stand workstation is an idea whose time has come and I suggest that it become the standard in both business and home offices.
In the meantime you could do these moves to help keep you limber at your desk.
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