Peddle while you work
Portland’s mayor wants city residents to stand up more. Charlie Hales proclaimed July 17 Stand Up for Workplace Wellness Day.
Dr. Claire Wheeler is a professor of community health at Portland State University. At a hearing to declare war on chairs, she said too much sitting increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
For years, she says, people have taken the advice of their doctors and exercised 45 minutes a day. But then they’ve gone back to lie on a couch, sit at a desk or drive.
“Those people think that they’re physically active,” she said. “But intact the rates of heart disease and other illnesses are pretty much the same for them as well,” she explained.
“So we’ve identified a new risk factor, it seems to be even more significant than smoking. An hour of sitting in a chair, can take more time off your life than smoking a single cigarette,” she said.
City Commissioner Steve Novick called for his colleagues to set an example by taking some meetings standing up.
It’s great to be part of such a progressive city and community.
Mayor Hales, we stand with you!
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.
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.
Cia first started standing because sitting at a desk all day was hurting her back. She kept her standing desk, partially for physical relief and partially out of pride, after someone bet her she couldn’t stand for four months straight. The marathon stander won the bet and is still standing six months later.
Dan is a bit like the Freedom Tower in that you can see him from most places in the Fast Company office. His new-found standing practice has made him a beacon of healthy work habits … and snackage. You can see him here munching on some rock candy.
The third image is from Cia’s desk. Meet her giant Rottweiler Atticus whose blog you can read here.
Well we can’t help with rock candy, but we can help you find healthier desk options. Check out our sit-stand desks here.
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.
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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.
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.