We hear it time and time again — A big factor in health is how active we are. Generally, those of us who regularly exercise tend to reap the greatest health benefits from our active ways.
Since I work from home and my job requires me to stay seated for eight hours or more each day during the work week, I try to sneak in extra steps anywhere I can. I park farther away in parking lots, take the stairs, and wear a fitness tracker to keep tabs on my activity level.
And on my off days, I regularly exercise and try to stay pretty active.
Surely, this helps counteract the sedentary nature of my office life, right?
Sitting Too Much Can Be Dangerous
A recent study shows that even those of us who regularly exercise are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer just from sitting too much each day.
What is too much? Prolonged sitting is generally considered any length of time between 8 and 12 hours a day.
If you find yourself in this range, you may be at a heightened risk for a number of health issues, including those mentioned above.
But when your job requires you to sit at a desk and stare down a computer screen for 8+ hours a day, what do you do?
Good question! Fortunately, there’s one simple solution to help you get out of your seat most of the day while still getting work done. What is it? The FlexiSpot sit-stand desk.
And, in the spirit of good health, I’ve partnered with FlexiSpot for a giveaway. That’s right — one lucky reader will receive a free sit-stand desk from FlexiSpot.
But before we get to the giveaway, let’s take a look and why it’s important to get up more during your day. At the end of the post, enter for a chance to win your choice of FlexiSpot sit-stand desk and transform the way you work.
If You Have to Sit, Do it Right
Let’s be honest, you’ll spend some amount of time sitting during the day. But how you sit can make all the difference in how you feel and the effect it has on your body.
When it comes to sitting at a desk and staring a computer screen, most experts recommended posture best practices like:
- Keeping your monitor at eye level
- Positioning your arms in an L-shape from shoulder to fingertips
- Sitting up with your back straight and shoulders back
- Planting your feet firmly on the floor
I’ll admit, my posture isn’t always the greatest. I’m famous for sitting cross-legged in my office chair or with one legged propped — apparent no-nos to the posture pros.
If that sounds like you, you may be causing excess neck, back and shoulder pain. Remember, if you’re going to sit some of the day, sit the right way. And as often as you can, make it a habit to get up.
What’s the Solution to Sitting When You Work from Home?
The FlexiSpot sit-stand desk has got you covered. The FlexiSpot sit-stand desktop workstation can be used while sitting or standing.
The workstation sits directly on your existing desktop and when in its lowered position is just the right height for sitting down to get work done. When you’re ready to stretch your legs and get out of your seat, all it takes is a light squeeze of handlebars to raise the workstation and, voila, instant standing desk!
The Benefits of a Standing Desk
We know sitting for extended periods of time during the day isn’t great for our health. But many of us who work from home can’t seem to avoid hours on end in our desk chairs.
Instead of stopping work to get up, using a standing desk is a much easier solution to getting work done while getting out of your seat — win, win.
And experts agree, the benefits of using a standing desk are many:
- Lowers risk of weight gain
- Can lower blood sugar
- Reduces heart disease risk
- Alleviates back pain
- Boosts mood and energy
- Increased productivity
By adding a standing desk to your home office, you can easily reap these health benefits without altering the way you work.
To help spread the health, FlexiSpot is offering one Work from Home Happiness reader their choice of a small, medium, large, or corner Sit-Stand Workstation in black or white. Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy:
- Easy transition from sitting to standing
- Multiple height settings
- Straight up and down movement for small spaces
- One-step assembly
You can see the workstation in action and learn more about its features over at FlexiSpot.
Ready to get out of your seat and have a healthier 2017? Enter the sweepstakes below! The contest closes 1/9/17. The lucky winner will be announced 1/10/17.
- Contest is only open to U.S. residents
- You may enter multiple times by following the instructions below
- Come back every day for more chances to win
- Winner will be notified by email
- Winner will need to provide their shipping address to receive prize
What are your thoughts on a standing desk? Do you think you sit too much during the day? Let us know in the comments below!