So, what do you do if your job requires you to spend several hours behind your desk? Quitting is not an option because you will still need to eat and live, right? There are a few things that you could do to make up for the time you spend seated. Carry on reading to see what exactly it is that you can do to improve your back health today!
The Standing Desk That Could Improve Your Life
According to the Office for National Statistics, employers lose about 31 million workdays per year to neck and muscle-related illnesses. While about 27 million of these pains are temporary and easily averted, 4 million are likely to recur and cause even more harm. This translates to more lost workdays for both the employer and the employee. This information does not come as a surprise, seeing that the average working adult spends about 9 hours seated every day; that is incorporating the hours spent in the office with those spent in front of the TV, and sitting in a car or train. Your average adult spends more hours sitting down that they do sleeping.
The advent of these musculoskeletal conditions is the sedentary lifestyles that people who work 9-5 jobs lead. A majority of people work at a desk every day and hardly take the time to stretch and move around. Offices are hardly made for movement today. With telephone extensions installed on each desk, you could easily spend the entire day on your desk, with the most minimal of movements all day.
How Sitting for Long Hours Impacts the Body
Some doctors are equating sitting down for more than six hours to smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. Some of the consequences of spending too much time on your desk include:
• Increased risk of serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and angina.
• Increased risk of obesity by up to 8 percent, which increases your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
• Increased chances of developing muscular issues, since our muscles are meant to be in constant movement.
• A study conducted on 9,000 women shows that sitting down for long hours could lead to depression. Here’s how--when you spend several hours behind your desk, there is a high possibility of loneliness, which could easily lead to depression.
So, what do you do if your job requires you to spend several hours behind your desk? Quitting is not an option because you will still need to eat and live, right? There are a few things that you could do to make up for the time you spend seated. Some of them include paying your gym membership and spending a few hours after work sweating it all out. In addition to this, you could consider a standing desk.
What Is a Standing Desk?
A standing desk also known as a stand-up desk is designed to be used while standing or sitting in a position that is not detrimental to the spine. Standing desks have been in use since the 18th century, but they were mostly associated with the wealthy.
Video: Standing Desk Story
Benefits of a Standing Desk.
• Live Longer
It sounds exaggerated, but it is true. Experts say that time spent standing or pacing about the office when speaking on the phone or just thinking could be just as good as an hour’s strenuous workout. Good news to you who likes taking a break every 10 minutes, to stretch and walk about. Those several minutes could extend your life by two years.
• Reduce chance of Obesity
Standing upright is a workout on its own. Your body burns calories when you choose to stand as opposed to sitting down. A study shows that the body burns up to 50 calories per hour when standing, which is a great deal considering that you would not burn as much if you chose to sit all day. If you add up the calories, you find that you lose up to 750 of them in one week. In a year, you lose up to 39,000 calories, which is over 5kgs of fat. Dr. John Buckley, a lead researcher at the University of Chester, equates that to running ten marathons in a year. In the same study had one of the volunteers saying that she experienced milder symptoms from her arthritis following the exercise.
• Reduced chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes
A survey conducted in 2008 shows a trend where the cells of people who spent longer ours sitting down showed lower levels of insulin responsiveness. This led to the hormone failing to trigger absorption of glucose from the blood. If the person carries on with their sedentary lifestyle, the levels of glucose in the blood continue to rise and result in type 2 diabetes. Spending as few as three hours a day on your feet could improve the responsiveness of insulin significantly and save you from diabetes.
• Fewer Chances of Developing Cardiovascular Conditions
Based on James A. Levine research, adults who spend too much time on their hind have a 125 percent increased chance of developing cardiovascular conditions. This is no different from a study that was conducted over 60 years ago on London bus drivers and conductors. The study, which sort to know the health implication of sitting showed that bus drivers who inherently spent their days seated had a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, as opposed to the bus conductors who worked on their feet.
• Reduced chances of cancer
According to Neville Owen, who heads the behavioral epidemiology at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia, sitting down for long hours puts you at a higher risk of getting breast and/or colon cancer. Scientists are yet to find out a clear connection between cancer and sitting down, but they have found people who spend more than six hours a day seated to produce higher levels of C-reactive protein (a compound that causes inflammation in the body).
An hour’s workout will not undo the damage that you do to your body by sitting down for several hours every day, but a standing desk will. It could change the way you work without requiring you to change your lifestyle. They come in several designs and sizes to suit your need. Give it a shot. It could be what you need to kick that stubborn muscle pain to the curb.
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