Since it's too late for me to change what I do for a living I figured I would do something about my work environment instead. I have modified my sitting down desk into a standing desk! I must say that I do have an office to myself so this might not work for you if you work in a cubicle but you might pick up some helpful tips anyway.
|Shruti's DIY standing desk!|
Why did I do this? Well here's something you might not know about sitting all day -
- Too much sitting is associated with numerous problems, ranging from weight gain (I can attest to this claim), to osteoporosis, to cardiovascular disease.
- Sitting decreases the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which helps burn fat.
- Too much sedentary time decreases bone mineral density without increasing bone formation, which raises the risk of fracture.
- Excess sitting increases blood pressure and decreases the diameter of arteries, both of which make heart disease more likely.
- Too much sitting could shorten your life!!! There are links between increased sedentary time and the risk of early death.
So here is what we can do about this -
- Take a 10-minute activity break at a scheduled time every day.
- Park farther away from the places where you work, shop, play, study and worship
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Put printers a short walking distance away from your work or study space instead of right next to it.
- Replace desk chairs with stability balls — or use a standing desk to get rid of the chair entirely — to burn more calories while working. (I work for a not-for-profit organisation and my employer is unlikely to buy me a brand new standing desk as they cost upwards of $800, so I decided to make one myself. There is a great article on the wirecutter.com here that you might find useful too.)
- Fidget, stand up and stretch at intervals during meetings.
I have been using my standing desk for the last 3 weeks and I love it. I am more productive, more alert and have more energy. I also am forced to have lunch away from my desk which is always a good thing.
What do you do to combat the woes of sitting all day?