Stand Up to Improve Your Health

Sitting at a desk all day is not our intention. However, as you know, we sit down to get something done and one task leads to an email that leads to another project and another task until we have been sitting at our desks for hours.

One office trend is to swap your office chair for a fitness ball to improve posture and build strength in the midsection. Before you stop sitting in your office chair, consider this research by Jack P. Callaghan, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Although you might expect that sitting on the ball would demand extra exertion to keep you upright and stable, when Dr. Callaghan and his colleagues had healthy young volunteers sit alternately on a ball, an office chair and a backless stool while machines measured muscle activity in their abdomens and lower backs, they found no meaningful differences in the seating options; sitting on a ball did not provide a mini-workout for the midsection.

The article Ask Well: Do Ball Chairs Offer Benefits suggests, “If your concern is with sitting too much, a better solution is probably to stand up periodically throughout the workday, which has been found to improve health.”

You can use the 30/30 app to trigger you to stand up during the day. Read a short review by Mike Vardy in his article 10 Workflow iOS Apps to Enhance Your Productivity.



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