Sitting for much of the day at my computer for many years has resulted in three things. I now have:
- Round shoulders
- Tight hamstring muscles
- Shorter hip flexor muscles
As a result, I have to do corrective stretching exercises to try and counter the effects of too much sitting.
There are other downsides to spending too much time on our bottoms.
For example, we burn fewer calories. And the Pennington Biomedical Research Center says that ‘people who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die of heart attacks’. EEK.
So, the answer would be to stand up at our desks. That will be good for our posture and our muscles. And, even better, a USC study discovered that the brain can process information 5%-20% faster while standing up.
My husband’s osteopath told him last week that he needed to stand up at his desk for a certain period each day as he is suffering from back problems. So he discovered a website for something called VARIDESK™. He went and bought one, and is already feeling the benefits – just two days later.
As you can see from the photo below of my husband at his desk, it’s a platform that sits on top of your existing desk.
It’s essentially a stand-up desk with adjustable heights that allows you to switch from a sitting position to a standing position, and back, in just a few seconds.
There’s a handy little desktop app you can download from their website. You choose how much time you want to spend standing and sitting, and it will send you reminders to change your position.
I have been having a try with VARIDESK™ and I am definitely going to get one for myself.