Why sitting sucks
Blood Sugar Spikes
Sitting for a long time can effect your blood sugar and insulin, causing sedentary people to be more at risk of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. This article published in Diabetologia examined the results of 18 studies with nearly 800,000 participants and determined that those who sat the most were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as the individuals who sat least.
There's an increased cancer risk
According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (that observed 4 million people!), sitting for long periods of time is associated with increased risk of colon, endometrial and, potentially lung cancer. In physically active people, sitting still increased the risk, which worsened with each two hour increase of butt-time.
It interferes with fat breakdown
The enzyme responsible for breaking down fat to use as energy (lipoprotein lipase or LPL) could be less productive whilst sitting. In a study published in The Journal of Physiology, mice were tested for LPL levels whilst laying down, standing and exercising. LDL activity in the laying mice was low, but levels rose more than 10 times when the mice stood. interestingly, exercise had no additional effects on the LDL levels. Researchers expect the results to carry over in humans too!
It makes us feel blue
It's no surprise that staring at a computer screen all day has been linked with depression. Researchers say that reducing our circulation through sitting inhibits the 'feel-good hormones' reaching our receptors. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicineshowed that when it came to sitting, those who sat for more than seven hours a day were 47% more likely to suffer from depression than those who sat four hours or fewer.
Always looking for ways to be healthier, I heard from a girlfriend about her new stand-up desk. I'd previously tried one at a co-working space I used last year, but everyone who hot-desked would run for them as soon as the doors opened, and I rarely got a turn.
I was SO stoked when I was asked to trial a Varidesk standing desk at home. It arrived ready-assembled (sigh of relief, girls) and is super simple to operate. This model (the bestselling ProPlus36) is a desk-top solution that sits on your existing table. I love how versatile it is - It can be used in a seated position when your legs get a little tired, or just press on the hidden handles and raise it up for your healthy standing stint.
I've been using it when editing photos - I'm usually sat doing it for hours after a food shoot and loose track of time. It's seriously increased my concentration, and has stopped me crossing my legs for hours on end (which my mum still tells me is a terrible habit).
If you try it and you don't love it, they'll even cover our return shipping. What have you got to lose?
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