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We Aren’t Meant To Only Sit

If you already spend your working day behind a desk, at a computer, you already know that you are at an increased risk for developing a repetitive stress injury, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. However, you may not know that you are also at risk of another serious danger: prolonged sitting.

It might not sound threatening on the surface, but sitting for extensive periods of time, with the absence of full body motion is what some are referring to as “the silent killer.” Sitting too much and too long makes you more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety—all of which can lead to a premature death.

In fact, in July 2010, The American Cancer Society published a study reporting exactly this. After examining 123,000 participants, and considering the amount of time each spent sitting and engaging in physical activity, they found women who were inactive and sat more than 6 hours per day had a 94% higher risk of dying during the study than their counterparts who were more physically active and sat less than 3 hours per day.

How To Combat The Sitting Disease

While there are many small ways that you can incorporate more movement into your day, special attention and consideration should be given to the way your work. After all, you likely spend 8-9 hours sitting just at work. And research suggests that after only 4 of those hours, when sitting continuously, the body goes into a sort of “sleep mode.” In this state, the genes that regulate the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down, circulation slows and oxygen flow can slow as well.

This change occurs at the physiological level in our bodies simply because at the genetic level, our bodies are programmed to move. And the simple fact of the matter is that they function better when moving. So our mission becomes to find more ways to move during our workday. A sit-stand work routine may provide the best solution.

The Benefits of Sit-Stand Work

If you spend your day working behind a desk, one of the simplest, non-exercise activities that you can incorporate directly into your workflow is the act of standing. While it might not seem like much happens when you stand up, standing up is literally a wake-up call for your body.

When using a professional sit-stand workstation, there are many posture possibilities and combinations available to you. And this subtle continuation of shifting posture and position has many benefits. Including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Strengthens muscles in the leg, ankle and foot
  • Improves balance
  • Mitigates formation of blood clots in the legs
  • Promotes better circulation, especially through veins in the legs
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improves alertness
  •  Encourages movement
  • Discourages “mindless” snacking
  • Allows for deep breathing and better oxygen flow through the body
  • Increases good HDL cholesterol levels
  • Decreases bad LDL cholesterol levels
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Offers a more neutral position for the back
  • Is a natural posture
  • Is less fatiguing than sitting

Sit-stand workflow is able to promote these positive impacts because it engages all of the body’s physiological systems.

Sit-Stand Workstations

Leading the revolution for the way we work, VersaTables is proud to offer high quality workstations that facilitate sit-stand work.

From our Sentry Floor Mount Computer Station, to our Versa Center Series, to our Dual Fusion Computer Cart, we have conceptualized and carry a large selection of sit-stand furniture solutions that are perfect for a variety of environments. Whether you work from home, in a business plaza, medical facility, government department or educational institution, our sustainable products will enable healthy and efficient workflow.

Further, you can best personalize your sit-stand work station by using our Workstation Planner Tool.

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