Don’t just sit there!

Today’s Workout

Rowing Mini “DT”

3 rounds for time of
500m Row
12 Deadlift (155/105)
9 Hang Power Cleans
6 Push JerkFor several weeks, many people have come up into the office and asked me the same question — “What’s with the standing desk?” I’ve been working standing up for some time now and since I’m doing it for my health and well-being, I thought I’d share a little about “why” with you guys. First, it has nothing to do with my back and it’s not for calorie burning purposes. Two common reasons why people adopt the stand-up (and even treadmill) desk lifestyle. I chose to stand up at my desk based on research published last year in the American Journal of Epidemiology. According to the research, all other things being equal (that is, adjusting for BMI and smoking) you are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, or simply just die sooner if you sit more than 3-6 hours per day. The correlation is apparently true even for those who regularly exercise.

Why is this? Well, correlation is not the same as causation and researchers are not pointing to a cause (that is sitting more than 6 hours causes early death), but there does appear to be an association between the two. Could it be that circulation is worse if you are sitting all day? Could there be a hormonal effect to shutting off the muscles in the back side of your body for that many hours a day (we have definitely seen a physical effect)? Does the nervous system play a role? Maybe human beings are simply not designed to sit for hours every day and perpetually moving plays a vital role in cardiovascular, hormonal, and brain function. I know that as I stand here all day, I continually shift my weight from foot to foot, walk back and forth from my computer, lean, and raise up one foot onto my desk. Think of how much all of my systems – balance, coordination, muscular contraction, even cardiovascular – must be constantly switched on in order to work this way.

Just think the next time you go to sit down for a spell – what could I do to minimize my time in this chair? Some tips to those who are not ready to take the stand-up plunge or whose workspace doesn’t provide the option:

• Take a lap around the office or outside every 1/2 hour to an hour (imagine the effect on your brain as well!)
• Find an exercise buddy at work and agree to get off your butts several times each day.
• Stand up and stretch every hour. Set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you.
• Do calf raises: while standing, push yourself up on your toes, hold, and release.
• While sitting, squeeze your butt: tense your glutes, hold, and relax.

Or just take a dance break!

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