We sit A LOT! We sit during our commute to work, we sit at work all day and yes, that commute back home too. Sometimes we even sit for a few hours in the evening watching our favourite television shows just a little too long! Ever consider stand up workstations at home or office?
Sitting is starting to take a toll on our health; we are becoming more inactive as we spend more time watching the screen (computers, tablets, phones, gaming etc.). Some even say that “sitting” is the new “smoking”. I’m no expert but I do value my health; physical, mental, social and emotional health.
I started using a stand up desk at work, mainly to get off my butt a little more. However, an injury to my hamstring has made it hard for me to sit for long periods of time. I change my desk around so I can stand up. I sit on an exercise ball so I have less pain in my hamstring.
What’s all the fuss about a stand up workstation?
Well, a stand up work station gets you off our butt first off. Second, standing helps you engage a little more. It helps “turn your brain on” so to speak because you need to engage different muscles in your body when you stand versus sitting.
Some offices have a central location (like where I work) that we can use throughout the day. This enables us to remove ourselves from our main workstation, stand up and complete tasks with all the tools we need.
How many hours a day do you sit?
You may have seen removable working station on treadmills before! You can easily build one and can learn how to do so here: Make Removable Treadmill Desk with Stuff you Already have Around The House
I’m not trying to tell you that you need a stand up work station but hopefully this post will get you thinking about how much you sit in a day and what little things you can do to change it up.
How many hours a day do you sit? Please comment below.