You can find your own inspiration, for constructing your own healthy work space, but for some standing up seems to fit the need. Standing desks have been a curiosity in the past and seldom seen inside a regular office setting.
That’s changed, in large part due to research showing that cumulative impact of sitting all days for years is associated with a range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer. The average office worker spends a minimum of 5 to 6 hours sitting each day at his or her desk, some describe the problem with a pithy new phrase that’s undeniably catchy, if somewhat exaggerated: “Sitting is the new smoking.”
The default in our lives has become to sit. We need the default to be standing. All of this might sound like the latest health fad, and nothing more. However, a growing body of research conducted by numerous scientists confirms that a sedentary lifestyle appears to be detrimental in the long term.
The solution, they say isn’t to sit for six hours at work and then head to the gym afterwards because evidence suggests that the negative effects of extended sitting can’t be countered by brief bouts of strenuous exercise. The answer is incorporating standing, pacing and other forms of activity into your normal day, and standing at your desk for part of it is the easiest way of doing so.
Here at Shafer Insurance we have one of our very own paving the way for the new standard.
Until Next Time…BE SAFE….BE WELL!
Lisa Gail Huber, CWWS
Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist