Gym memberships. Dieting. Cooking healthier meals at home. Most of the popular resolutions people make each year center around improving their health. But as we all know, most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions. The most common reason for people not following through on their resolutions is the extra time they take to accomplish. However, if you choose a resolution that simply alters something already in your schedule, there is a greater likelihood of following through. For example, if you cook most of your dinners at home and resolve to start eating healthier, you will have an easier time sticking to your resolution than if you were in the habit of eating most of your meals out with little time devoted to food preparation. So, what is a healthy resolution you can make within your current schedule that will not require more time from your day? Buy a standing desk and start standing at work.
Most people spend the majority of their week at the office sitting at their desk. However, this sedentary lifestyle has been proven to contribute to major health problems. An easy way to burn more calories and improve overall health is to buy a stand-up desk and start standing while you work. You already have to be at the office, at your desk, so why not make a change that doesn’t require you to add an hour or two to your long day at work? This simple change will actually create more time in your schedule. This is because when standing you are more focused and alert so you can get more work done in a shorter period of time, freeing up your time to do other things. In addition, standing for just a few hours while you work can be more beneficial than going to the gym after work. How is this possible? Working out after sitting all day does not reverse the negative effects resulting from being sedentary for 8 or 9 hours a day. Researchers at the University of Chester say that if you stand for at least 3 hours a day, then you will burn about 30,000 calories throughout the year. That is equivalent to running 10 marathons! Which sounds more attainable, running 10 marathons or standing for at least 3 hours at work?
However, standing at work is not without its challenges. One of the biggest problems for people switching to a standing desk is that they will stand for the first week or two, but they will lower their desk and remain in a seated position for the rest of the year. Just like those people resolving to go to the gym, they start off strong and then fall off the horse. However, if you keep a few things in mind when starting to stand, you will find yourself standing months after you buy your desk.
1. You have to build up stamina. Remember that starting to stand at work is very similar to starting to workout. Many people are sore after standing for the first week and do not wish to do it any longer. However, you have to remember that it gets easier and easier to stand with time. Of course, the first week you go to the gym you will be sore, but as you begin to go more and more the soreness will start to dissipate. The same goes for standing at work.
2. You do not need to stand all day.
Reversing the negative effects of sitting is all about postural rotation—the movement of switching between sitting and standing throughout the day. Most people think that they have to stand all day because they have a new standing desk, but that is a huge misconception. Just a few hours a day will have you feeling healthier, more focused, and more energized.
3. Get an anti-fatigue mat.
A good anti-fatigue mat is probably the single greatest factor in creating a successful standing experience. Standing on an anti-fatigue mat like the Standee Mat
makes standing for a few hours a day a simple undertaking for most people. Standing on the hard ground can quickly cause foot, leg, and back pain. Wearing “comfy shoes” isn’t enough.
4. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a new stand up desk.
For only $399.95 you can get a Standee Flex
, an electric height-adjustable desk that will help facilitate your postural rotation. The Standee Flex is the most affordable desk of its kind on the market so the cost of standing at work has suddenly become very reasonable for most people.
Most of you reading this will have already made a healthy resolution for 2016. How are you doing three or four weeks in? Did you start strong and now find yourself not having time to keep up? It’s not too late to change to a resolution that will give you more time, more energy, and more health benefits than other more time-demanding resolutions. And if you haven’t made one yet, this is the perfect time. Let’s make 2016 a healthy year with an achievable resolution that you can see through to 2017.