What Standing Work Stations Can Do For Your Spine

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Why Should You Stand While Working?

Standing while working in front of a computer helps to take the stress away from sitting all day long. When you sit for long periods of time it is just like running a marathon, the same muscle patterns keep firing or being overused.

Standing allows the human body to rely on different fascial muscular connections, relieving other areas in the body from the repetitiveness of sitting. However, standing for long periods of time, or in a poor standing posture is just as detrimental as sitting for long periods of time. It is critical to check your posture just as much while standing and working.

Ask yourself these questions:

Am I standing all hunched over leaning onto the desk?

Is my eye contact to the computer level or is my head bent down or too far up?

Am I shifting onto one leg over the other?

Other Benefits of Using a Standing Work Station

1. Reduce Back PainIn 2011, participants of “Take-a-Stand Project” who spent an average of 66 minutes of their work day standing experienced a 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain

2. Lower your Risk of Heart Disease: A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a 90% increase in the risk of cardiovascular mortality and a 147% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events as compared to an active lifestyle

3. Lower your Risk of Weight Gain and ObesityBy standing instead of sitting, you can reduce the risk of weight gain by burning about 50 extra calories an hour. If you were to stand for 3 hours each work day it would equal out to 750 calories a week

4. Boost Your Productivity: The boost in mood and energy, as well as the reduction in back, shoulder, and neck pain, is likely to improve productivity and mental alertness. When the body as a whole is in better shape, it functions more efficiently and it can be reasonably expected that this would in turn boost productivity.

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