When asked how much time Canadians spend on average sitting per day, many people guess low. The truth though is that the average Canadian spends almost ten hours every day sitting. That’s 10 whole hours! That’s not even counting sleep!
The research has been building on the negative effects of sitting. Any person who sits for longer than four hours per day sees the enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats begin to shut down, see their metabolic rate shrink, disrupt their blood sugar levels, increase insulting production and blood pressure levels, and see their leg muscles switch off.
To fight this, we want to get Canadians standing again! Through the use of a sit-stand desk, you can engage those leg muscles and get your body working just like your mind is at your desk. When you stand, you burn up to 50 calories more per hour.
Despite only 2 percent of Canadians working at sit-stand desks, that percentage has been growing. Compare this to the 90 percent of Scandinavians who work at sit-stand desks at least one day every week. We need to get Canadian engaged!
What is a sit-stand desk, you ask – well, it’s a desk that you can adjust as you see fit to go from sitting to standing and standing to sitting within a matter of seconds. Sit-stand desks work because when you want to sit down, you can. But, when you want to stand and gently keep your body engaged, you can do that as well.
Studies have shown that standing just 30 minutes per day can help increase weight loss, lower heart disease risks, and reduce risks that come with sitting related to diabetes, obesity, cancer, neck aches, back aches, dementia, depression, and muscle degeneration.
Sit-stand desks are as affordable as a regular computer desk and is a simple way to introduce ‘active working’ into your life. From a personal standpoint, you’re going to get better work out of yourself while becoming stronger and healthier. From an employer’s standpoint, they will notice higher productivity and better engagement.
If you’re interested in browsing some options, we invite you to check out the Sit Standing Height Adjustable Desk Ergo Riser ADR 26″ & 35″ Wide, the Dual LCD monitor desk mount heavy duty fully adjustable fits two screens up to 27“, or the Rocelco® Height Adjustable Standing Monitor Ergonomic Desk Riser – ADR 32″ wide.
As evidenced, there are many different options to choose from. If you’ve never worked at a sit-stand desk before, give it a try!