Sit. Stand. Roll over. I know we are not dogs but sometimes I feel like it when articles pull us in every direction and tell us how we can be healthier at work. Everyone knows we are in the middle of a new health crisis. Introducing the sitting disease, a phrase used to refer to the ill-effects of the common sedentary life. Sitting for long periods of time increases the risk of diabetes, heart problems, aches and pains from lack of circulation, obesity and premature death.
In the public court of opinion, everyone is quick to suggest adding time at the gym or taking a walk as solutions. However, according to the Smithsonian Magazine, strenuous exercise isn’t enough to counter the negative effects of extended sitting. And quite honestly, most people don’t have more time to go to the gym… we have less. This is why you have Cubii, a compact elliptical which allows you to workout at work and easily integrates into your existing schedule. We like killing two birds with one stone: work and exercise. Lastly, in a recent Mayo Clinic study found that a when compared to stationary sitting, Cubii increases your energy expenditure by 84.5%. Go Cubii!
Another popular solution is to do the exact opposite of sitting, stand. Various standing desks are popping up everywhere to make it easier for individuals to work while standing. But standing for hours on end is not practical and may not even be healthy for you. A Denmark study found that prolonged standing led to a higher risk of enlarged veins and more back pain. In short, sitting kills you and standing gives you varicose veins. It is not looking good folks.
So what is a person with a desk-bound job to do?! Easy.. alternate between sitting and standing. The Center for Disease Control recommends redesigning your work space to include adjustable sit-to-stand products. Research is still coming out but medical professionals recommend following a 1:1 or 2:1 sitting versus stand time ratio.
With your Cubii neatly tucked under your desk to use while sitting, we recommend the Omega Olympus Stand Up Desk With Built-In SteadyType Keyboard Tray from iMovr. Why do we love it so much? With a top-end height of 50,” it is perfect for individuals of all heights. The Omega Olympus also comes with a built in infinitely-adjustable, ergonomic keyboard with two height settings to help prevent doing serious harm to your wrists.
We all know that sitting all day is harmful for your health. But by switching between sitting and standing, you can live a healthier desk-bound life.