Take a Stand – Your Health May Depend On It
We are nearing the end of our Sitting Awareness Campaign. We’ve appreciated reading all of the entries to win a Sit-to-Stand Varidesk.
If you have yet to enter here are the details:
– Like @NorfolkChiro on Facebook and follow @norfolk_chiro on Instagram.
– Send us a direct message either on Instagram or Facebook explaining how a sit to stand desk would improve your daily life. (This will be kept confidential).
– Winner will be drawn Monday, December 2nd, 2019.
It has been shown that sitting too much is seriously bad for your health. Being sedentary for more than four hours a day has been linked to multiple health concerns; including but not limited to Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Low Back Pain, Upper Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches.
Simply transitioning to standing throughout the day can significantly lower your risk for weight gain and obesity, help maintain blood sugar levels, help prevent chronic pain and even potentially increase life expectancy. If you plan to start using a standing desk, it is recommended that you split your sitting and standing time 50/50.
Movement is medicine. Back pain is one of the most common complaints of students or office workers who tend to sit all day. The most apparent solution is to adopt a Sit-to-Stand Desk. If this is not available to you here are a few tips to incorporate more movement into your everyday:
– Stay hydrated, it will force you to stand up for bathroom breaks.
– Wear comfortable clothing, this will facilitate moving around the office.
– Wear a step counter to keep yourself on track, aim for 10,000 steps a day
– Try a walking or standing meeting, including over the phone.
– Set an alarm for every half an hour to stand up, stretch and walk.
– Park further away from the entrance to stretch your legs after driving.
Reducing sedentary time can improve physical and mental health. This is why sitting less and standing more is such an important lifestyle change to make. Take a stand for your health and encourage your loved ones to do the same! If you have any questions regarding transitioning to a standing desk, we would love to hear from you.
Stay tuned for our contest winner December 2nd!
- Dr. Yvette