Standing Desks improve your health?

Are you spending your life in a chair? We sit almost all day long, we sit on the way to work in our cars or on the bus and we sit all day at work sometimes for 8 hours or longer. Then we sit down on our way home from work and when we get home we sit down and eat and watch television. Some days all we do is sit. A study polled 200,000 people and asked them questions about how much they sat on a daily basis. The people who were sedentary the most sitting for over 11 hours a day had a higher risk of death. Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health said “Prolonged sitting has been shown to disrupt metabolic function resulting in increased plasma triglyceride levels, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and decreased insulin sensitivity.” Basically sitting too long messes with your metabolism and makes your metabolic rate change and not in a good way. All this sitting is not good for us and many professionals are realizing this and transitioning from a regular desk to a standing desk. What is a standing desk? A standing desk or a “stand-up desk” is a desk that is elevated higher than a regular desk, it is high enough that you can stand and do your work without a chair. You never sit because your desk is high enough to use while you are standing. Standing desks were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and famous people who used them include Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolf, Ernest Hemmingway and even Benjamin Franklin. Standing desks are just starting to become popular again due to the findings of how sitting too much is affecting our society. A study reported by BBC news in 2013 showed that using a standing desk made the heart beat faster than using a seated desk, in fact it made the heartbeat on average ten beats faster per minute than when sitting. It looks like big companies are paying attention to studies like these because many companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Disney are transitioning into only using standing desks. And certain companies are taking this a step further and having stand-up meetings. This makes me want to use a stand-up desk. I don’t want to sit at work and be sedentary. I want to live and I don’t want sitting to affect my life line. Who’s for stand-up desks? I am, I am. Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_104277" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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