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Jul 18

Yoga for Standing Desk Users

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Lifehacker just posted this link to some yoga exercises people can do at their sit-stand desks. Check out these suggestions: 

Start with a combination of Mountain Pose (tadasana) followed by Standing Half Moon (ardha chandrasana), a side bending pose.
Move to Tree (vrksasana) on each side and then into Mountain Pose with arms over head (urdhva hastasana). 
 
Interlace fingers behind back and fold forward (Yoga mudra),  and finish with a Standing Forward Fold with an easy twist: One hand on the earth (under the face) other hand extended to sky. End in Mountain Pose.
Yoga Journal has a guideto standing poses for those of you who aren’t familiar with these positions.

Jul 17

Be a Desk Jock

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Our height adjustable desks got a nod in the August 2013 issue of Outside Magazine.

Even if you exercise regularly, sitting at your desk all day will kill you. Literally. One study by the American Cancer Society found that men who sit for six or more hours a day are 20 percent more likely to die from a given cause than men who sit for less than three hours.

Check out the full page (and everything it takes to be a desk jock) here, then grab a height adjustable desk at ErgoDepot.com.

Jul 16

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Jul 15

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

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Ergo Depot received several mentions in an August 2013 Runner’s World article titled “Is Sitting the New Smoking?”

"A growing body of research shows that people who spend many hours of the day glued to a seat die at an earlier age than those who sit less - even if those sitters exercise…Unfortunately, outside of regularly scheduled exercise sessions, active people sit just as much as their couch-potato peers - an average of 64 hours a week."

Founder David Kahl is quoted alongside reps from Google, Groupon, and other companies that encourage their employees to move during the workday.

Grab the whole article here. (right click » save as)

Ready to take a stand? Check out an array of height adjustable desks on ErgoDepot.com.

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Jul 12

Many people are destined for for an uncomfortable life sitting at work because they have a lousy office chair. Of course the obvious answer is to replace it with a high quality ergonomic chair and yet for many the stumbling block is price as good seats don’t come cheap.

Fortunately a new innovation in sitting, the HumanTool Balanceseat introduces a novel idea for solving the the pain of low quality seating. Instead of replacing your chair you only need to invest in a HumanTool. The good news is it’s no more expensive than a budget task chair.

Let’s dig deeper into how this well thought out product solves sitting discomfort.

What’s it all about?
The biggest problem with poor seating is the lack of activity your body gets as you sit. In particular the area around the lower back and pelvic region ends up with virtually no movement for hours at a time. Many muscles start to ache as the lack of use weakens and stresses them.

It’s this problem that the HumanTool Balance Seat tackles very readily.

In appearance it looks like an oversized cycle saddle being similar in shape. However the magic lies in the seat’s design due to the sphere shaped body on which the seat is built.

All that’s needed is to place the Balance Seat in the middle of your existing chair’s seat pad and then sit on it. Thanks to its ball shaped design you’ll immediately notice how much more movement you have in your pelvis and lumbar area. Not only do you get increased backwards and forwards movement, side to side motion is excellent too.

Because the seat places you in a much more open posture similar to riding a horse, your back naturally adopts a healthy position.

To start with it’s advisable to use it for maybe 10 to 15 minutes sessions to let your body get used to it. Underused muscles need time to build up strength after years of lack of use. And as your body adjusts to this new way of working you can increase the length of time you use it for.

Within a month or so you should be able to use it for extended periods, as you muscles start to perform as they should.

Healthier sitting extends beyond the office.
Another great thing about the HumanTool is its portability. Supplied with a nylon carry bag it can be taken anywhere and set to use. So when you’re faced with having to sit on uncomfortable seating just pop it out of its bag and put it to work.

Included with the seat is a high density round foam disk. This is intended to improve stability for use on seats with lots of padding or an uneven surface. One other thing to be aware of is that the HumanTool should be used with seating that have backs to act as a stop in the unlikely event of falling backwards.

Like to know more?
Here’s where you can find further details on the HumanTool Balance Seat and how it can help you to sit more healthily.

Jul 10

Screw Your Standing Desk! -

Uh oh. A backlash to the sitting backlash!

Jul 09

Bad things happen when you have a crappy chair. 

Bad things happen when you have a crappy chair. 

craigweich:

I’ve been using a standing desk for about 3 years — have gone through a few different homemade versions, and am now considering moving to a treadmill desk.
Looking to get started?  Could do worse than this $20 DIY solution from Lifehacker.

craigweich:

I’ve been using a standing desk for about 3 years — have gone through a few different homemade versions, and am now considering moving to a treadmill desk.

Looking to get started?  Could do worse than this $20 DIY solution from Lifehacker.

Jul 08

Runner's World: Treadmill Desks Don't Affect Work Quality -

An increasing amount of research confirms the negative health effects of prolonged sitting, which so many of us do when not running. Studies in this new field of “inactive physiology” have suggested that too much sitting should be considered an independent risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Of course, too much sitting is also bad for runners because of the havoc it wreaks on our hips and hamstrings.

Jul 06

5 Reasons Why Runners Need Standing Desks

runkeeper:

You know the standing desk topic is among our favorites at the RunKeeper HQ, so we wanted to let some of the experts in the space sound off today. Kamron from UpDesk dishes on the health science behind staying on your feet at work. And UpDesk also wants to make it easier for RunKeeper users to get in on the action: so from now until August 15th, your miles can help score you discounts! Walk or run at least 40 miles for a 5% discount to UpDesk or 60 miles for 10%, and email Kamron at UpDesk with your activity log in your profile to get your discount code!

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By Kamron Kunce

You might have already heard the buzz about standing desks or even that several executives and entrepreneurs alike are now using them. You may have heard about its unique abilities, its customization and found it all a bit hard to believe or that it doesn’t necessarily apply to you. Which leads us to the burning question, why should runners use standing desks?

Believe it or not, standing desks aren’t a new trend. They’ve been around for centuries. Influential people like Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Jefferson were all recorded using a standing desk at some point in their career. While these men didn’t have the research and countless articles we have today, they understood standing was much more instinctive.

Research and multiple articles show prolonged sitting and sedentary behavior have become a serious issue. For example, one in three Americans are obese. Between 1980 and 2000, exercise rates stayed the same, sitting time increased by 8%, and obesity doubled. Don’t forget about our overwhelming reliance on computers and the 40+ hours a week work schedule… now you have an epidemic. In fact, excessive sitting has been coined “the new smoking.

The beauty of a standing desk is its mass appeal regardless of your vocation or place in life. They can be utilized in elementary schools, universities, law firms, corporate businesses, start-ups, design firms, home offices, etc.

Interestingly, one group doesn’t seem to be using standing desks as much as you might think: runners. Perhaps stand up desks seem less necessary to runners because they figure they’re doing enough. It may surprise you to know, however, the health benefits to standing are broader than you may realize…even if you run regularly. Here are five reasons why:

1. EXERCISE ISN’T ENOUGH

Participating in a daily exercise regimen is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; however, it’s not the catchall solution. In fact, your well-planned workout basically diminishes if you sit down for an extended amount of time. 

The human body was not optimized for sedentary behaviors; and more than ever, those behaviors are becoming more prevalent. Take a second and think about your typical day… How many hours are spent sitting down?

If you are sitting down for up to six hours per day, you just increased the risk of death up to 40%, according to a recent study. Like the name describes, a standing desk allows the user to work standing up on two feet. Standing is a more natural position for the body and it helps to defeat prolonged sitting. Coupling exercise with a standing desk makes for a healthier lifestyle.

2. MAINTAIN A STRONG FOUNDATION

Most of today’s workforce is tied to a chair in some way. Sitting in an office chair all day means that none of the most important muscle groups in your body are getting the activity they need. In order to properly support you, your muscles need to stay active daily.

A standing desk has the ability to engage important leg and core muscles throughout the day, which is particularly attractive to runners who need these muscles to amp up electrical activity and to keep their performance excelling.

3. ENHANCE YOUR CIRCULATION

“The blood circulation system is the prime method of getting needed nutrients to the cells of the body. If blood flow in an area is poor then the cells will find it very difficult to get all of the food nutrients and energy they need to absorb to enable the body to operate in a healthy manner.” (PoorCirculation.org) 

Your body’s circulation can be compromised if you’re sitting for the majority of the day. Standing desks enable blood to flow freely throughout the veins, which is essential for nutrients to distribute accordingly.

4. GET AN ENERGY BOOST

Calorie burning drops to only 1 per minute and good cholesterol drops by 20% when sitting down. Additionally, your breaking-down-fat enzymes drop a staggering 90%.

Standing desks are the original energy booster. They help in focusing your attention on the task at hand and you’ll find yourself having more energy, even at the end of the day. Don’t settle for caffeinated drinks and/or clever marketing campaigns… Unlike those things, standing desks have been proven to be a healthier alternative.

5. ALWAYS BE MOVING

Runners should use a standing desk for the very same reasons they enjoy running so much. Your body is in motion when you’re running and the same happens when you’re working at a standing desk. 

You’ll catch yourself walking over to a coworker instead of sending an email, talking on the phone while standing up, or even taking steps on a treadmill underneath your desk.

It’s important to understand overall movement is key. In other words, anything in excess can be harmful to the body. Ultimately, finding the perfect balance of sitting and standing should be your end goal. 

A height-adjustable standing desk, like UpDesk, offers a solution in finding a more balanced and healthy way of living.  

(PHOTO CREDIT/FLICKR: ZAGGORA)

Kamron Kunce is the Director of Social Media for UpDesk. Kamron started his career in the Nashville music industry working with a number of popular artists and joined UpDesk in 2012 just before the brand’s launch. 

(Source: runkeeper)