Stand Up For Your Spine
by Kenny Rhoads
Physical inactivity can contribute to numerous health issues, resulting in an estimated 200,000 deaths per year. Fitness experts also point out that constant sitting can have a negative effect on the health of your spine. As children we tend to naturally have good posture, but as we get older, habits – like bad posture, lack of exercise and sitting all the time – combine to put wear and tear on your spine, which over time can lead to degenerative diseases and lower your quality of life. The health benefits of standing versus sitting all day are clear. It can get your posture back to the way our biology intended, leading to overall better health and increased energy, productivity and stamina.
If you’ve been thinking about ditching the sedentary lifestyle, don’t wait any longer. From wearable devices to treadmills, we’ve all come up with excuses to start a healthy transition once we’ve bought the product. Like the trainers for American Ninja Warrior say, “There’s no time like the present.” Start by getting in the habit of standing a few extra minutes a day, taking your laptop to the office or kitchen area to use a high counter, or stand during meetings. Once you’ve decided you’re ready for the transition to a standing desk (like the MultiTable.com ModTable) keep up the good work. Now that you’re used to standing at work, do it for an hour or two before lunch. Increase your time 30 minutes to an hour every day or so, to reach a goal of standing about 80% of your working day. Before long, standing at your desk will become second nature to you. Check out these other tips for helping you make the transition to a standing desk.
Develop healthy habits. If you have a Skype call with other team members at 10 o’clock every morning, always stand for it. Start standing while you answer emails and if you’re going to munch on an apple for a mid-morning snack, do it while you’re standing.
Watch your stance. Stand on flat separated feet, with your shoulders back and your spine slightly arched. Standing up straight with your ears over your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips is important. Also, don’t let your head fall further forward than your shoulders. You can vary your stance with a pose that’s reminiscent of a flamingo, focusing your weight on one leg at a time with the other knee slightly bent. If you find standing bothers your feet, look into a standing desk mat to complement your height adjustable desk.
Embrace the healthy. Encourage your co-workers to stand more during the day. Walk during meetings and stand during breaks. Once you get in the habit of standing at your desk and experience the increased health and vitality it brings, you’ll wonder why you ever spent all those years sitting.
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