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ITV News LogoThis week we've been featured in the National news with our EIGER Student standing desk and one of our customers. Kewstoke Primary in Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare were approached by The Times. The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun about them purchasing EIGER Students and why.

To finish it off ITV News cameras went to the school to interview Sarah Harding (the Headteacher) and some of the children.

You can see the ITV News article here - http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-04/on-their-own-two-feet-somerset-school-gets-kids-working-at-standing-desks/

Sarah was keen to add options to the way the children learn in the school and not just have them sedentary. So far it's a winner. 

Sarah used part of the Governments Sport Premium fund to fund them as it's a superb and sustainable way of getting the children "every day active".

Great news about a great school. Needless to say we've been inundated with interested schools about our FREE trial offer.

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National Fitness Day...

UK Active National Fitness Day LogoNational Fitness Day began with a bang this morning as Britain’s leading TV and Radio stations beamed ukactive’s live kick-off event to millions across the country. BBC Breakfast and Sky News were broadcasting live from the London launch event, while BBC Radio 5 Live and Global Radio (the company behind Capital Radio, Radio X, LBC, Heart and many other stations) carried extensive features on National Fitness Day.

The kick-off event was led by Strictly Come Dancing star Darcey Bussell, who was joined at Everyone Active’s Paddington Recreation Ground by hundreds of participants for a mass-workout to her DDMIX dance fitness concept.

Darcey was joined by stars from the venue operator Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions programme, with Olympic silver medallist hurdler Colin Jackson and Olympic gold medallist Hockey forward Alex Danson taking part in the early morning workout. 

National Fitness Day, co-ordinated by not-for-profit health body ukactive, sees the nation celebrate the fun and thrills of physical activity through a range of free events and activity sessions. Last year’s National Fitness Day got over a million people active across 18,000 events – making it the most active day of 2016 – with this year’s event on course to significantly surpass it.

Of course we did our bit whilst standing at our desk! It's one of the benefits of what we do. To be able to work and improve your health and wellbeing at the same time is nothing short of fantastic.

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FSB launches new wellbeing campaign for small business community

Federation of Small Businesses LogoThe Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is today launching a new campaign with the health and wellbeing of small business owners, their staff and the self-employed at heart. The new drive from FSB will help its members - and the wider 5.5 million-strong small business community across the UK - reap the benefits of a positive approach to wellbeing, which are felt not only by the business they run but also by the economy and society as a whole.

The campaign has been launched in response to a rise in incidents of health and mental health conditions across the UK’s workforce, including business owners and the self-employed.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, explained, “Wellbeing can help increase our productivity, improve our performance and reduce absenteeism. There is a clear business case, however, the benefits are felt just as much in our health as individuals, but also by our communities and the wider economy.”

The average UK white collar worker is sedentary for 8.6 hours every working day and it's madness. To maintain a healthy body we need to move somewhere between 6-10km a day. Not much chance of that if we're glued to a chair sat in front of a computer.

In Scandinavia, 90% of white collar workers use a sit-stand desk. In the UK it's less than 1%.

Standing desks have a part to play in the UK's need for healthier and more productive workplaces. 

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Denise Lewis Wants Parents to Find Ways to Tackle Child Obesity

Denis Lewis AthleteDenise Lewis is a UK Olympic Gold medallist and a full time mother. Her household is extremely active (as you may have guessed!) but she understands they are not the norm.

Just 23 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls meet the national recommended level of activity, according to a survey by Public Health England (PHE). And the number of children meeting the recommended amount of physical activity, which is 60 minutes a day, drops by 40 per cent as they move through primary school.

“One in five kids is overweight or obese when they start primary school – that’s worrying in this day and age,” says Lewis. “I think parents as well as schools need to find ways to change that. If you start with good intentions and get them out and about from an early age, it can make a big difference.

Denise has joined forces with Change4Life and Disney, which are along with Sport England and schools around the country encouraging children to get active with the 10 Minute Shake Ups programme. It offers fun, 10-minute activities for kids, featuring their favourite Disney characters as inspiration.

The PHE survey revealed that more than half of children (57 per cent) said that they were more likely to be active if their parents were. But with another recent study suggesting that middle-age people don’t even squeeze in one 10-minute brisk walk a month, it’s perhaps no wonder that their children are inactive too.

This all ties in perfectly with our aim to get children spending less time in a chair during lesson time and using our EIGER Junior Standing Desks as an alternative. We're not suggesting all of the time, just mix it up.

To have a new generation leaving education and not be a habitual chair user would have a positive impact on long term health and wellbeing.

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Did £1bn after 2012 UK Olympics get any more people doing sport?

London 2012 Olympic LogoFive years ago the London Olympic Games came to a close. They were inspirational and the UK was fixated. At the time, the country was promised that the end of the Games would not mean the end of the success story, that there would be a lasting legacy for sport participation. But it hasn't happened. 

The government gave Sport England £1bn to invest in grassroots sports, and Jeremy Hunt, then Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said the Games provided an "extraordinary chance" to "reinvigorate this country's sporting habits for both the young and the old".

He described it as a "once-in-a-generation opportunity, a real golden moment for the UK".

But there has been virtually no increase in participation in sport. The UK is still one of the most inactive countries in the world.

We love our sport and exercise at I Want A Standing Desk but we always maintain that what is the most effective activity is "every day activity".

Sport should be the "icing on the cake" over and above walking, stair climbing and of course standing.

Standing desks are not the total solution but they can play a significant part in getting a large percentage of the UK population out of a chair and active on a daily basis. 

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Lawrence Dallaglio Demands Fitness Ratings for UK Schools

Lawrence Dallaglio Ex England Rugby Captain ImageEx England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio wants Ofsted to focus on physical activity as much as academic achievement. Assessing how physically active pupils are as part of a school's performance would have a positive impact on the childhood obesity problem.

One in three UK children leave primary school overweight or obese. Research suggests that without intervention 85% of them will become obese adults.

He pointed out how little focus there is in education on sport and nutrition and the seemingly unstoppable increase in childhood inactivity and related health problems.

UK children were ranked the eighth most overweight in a recent OECD study of 26 countries.

We're totally in agreement with Lawrence Dallaglio - educating a new generation on the importance of activity and nutrition is just plain common sense. 

Of course we would include in that how detrimental to health and wellbeing becoming a habitual chair sitter is. Introducing standing desk options into learning environments can only result in healthier and more productive children and in the future, adults.

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Your Lumbar Discs Are Getting Crunched

Back Pain Man Your spine is practically begging you to stand. An upright position puts the discs in your lower back in proper alignment and minimizes the pressure they endure. Sitting, on the other hand, forces the vertebrae to crunch down onto each other and put a lot more force, increasing the risk of chronic lower back pain.

When you're sitting, your spine is compressing. In space, you get taller by 1-2 inches, and if you lay in bed, you'll also get taller, because your discs are expanding. But when astronauts return from space or people get out of bed, their vertebrae collapse onto each other and cause pain. This is also happening when you sit for a long period of time.

One big culprit of the pain from a compressed spine is the damage done to the cushioning between the discs.

The muscles have weakened and the vertebrae start collapsing, squeezing the padding and nerves between the discs. This is a huge source of pain.

So less time in the chair and using a standing desk has major benefits for the long term health of your spine.

Ask anyone who has permanent back issues what they’d do to solve them. We guarantee you they’ll reply….anything!

Don’t wait for it to happen before you do anything. Get out of the chair and get standing now!

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Improving Your Health at 40 and Beyond

Man on SofaThere is no louder wake up call than hitting middle age. Turning 40 is when most of us begin to question our mortality and take stock of our sedentary, desk-bound lives – and with good reason. In our fourth decade we put on weight more easily, get bigger hangovers, take longer to get fit and recover from injury more slowly. This is when we begin to listen to our bodies and try to avoid the things we know to be bad for us.

If you’re one of those who’ve spent the past decades sitting in front of a workplace computer and in the evening on the sofa drinking wine, you can change. If we live more healthily and exercise regularly, we can enjoy a longer fuller life. Disease is often a problem in our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We can do much to prevent it during our 40s.

We can’t slow the aging process, but we can adopt more every day healthy habits and now is the time.

Eat healthy. Walk more. Take the stairs. Lose the chair and get a standing desk. These are just some of the ways to a healthier and happier life.

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How To Quit The Sedentary Lifestyle

Aileen Flynn is clinical specialist physiotherapist in musculoskeletal care at the the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. She is also a triathlete. She recently wrote this article for The Irish Times...

Office Worker SatModern life has resulted in many of us adapting to a sedentary lifestyle. If you are desk-bound at work and sit on your journey to and from it, you likely fall into this category.

Sitting, which has been dubbed “the new smoking”, comes with its own risks. It increases load on the spine and discs resulting in slouching, or the loss in the natural curve of the spine. Over time this can cause changes in muscle length and affect the strength and performance of the postural muscles in the spine and shoulders. In turn, this can result in pain and predisposition to injury. Muscles are healthiest when used, so it is no surprise that staying seated for eight or nine hours a day has negative repercussions.

As a chartered physiotherapist, I see many people with postural-related neck and back pain, namely aches and pains that can develop related to sitting, whether it be at a desk or driving. Many of these physical problems can be treated with physiotherapy to relieve the pain in the short-term.

The long-term solution includes advice on correcting posture and finding a solution for sitting or standing in a more efficient way that reduces load on the spine and prevents reoccurrence.

20-20-20

For those who sit at a desk and experience (or would simply like to prevent) neck and back pain, I recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, stand up and focus on a point 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Even this short break will allow your spine to experience some relief and reduced load. It will also allow the small muscles of your eyes to rest, as well as the muscles around your shoulders and neck.

Circling your shoulders, turning your head gently from side to side, and reaching both arms up overhead are other good ways to reduce the negative effects of sitting. Standing desks are also becoming common in the UK workplace, and something I recommend quite regularly for clients.

Health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle include increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, and depression. The evidence is strong that these risks are greatly reduced by engaging in an active lifestyle.

Active individuals are less likely to have a hip or spinal fracture, and they exhibit higher levels of cardiovascular and muscular fitness. They are also more likely to achieve weight maintenance and have a healthier body mass and composition than sedentary individuals.

Exercising and standing can help reverse the negative effects associated with sitting. The World Health Organisation recommends that 18- to 64-year-olds do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity every week. Alternatively, they can opt for at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

Activity can be easily integrated into daily routines. It should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes and can include transportation, occupational, housework or sports activities.

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Middle-aged male office workers more sedentary than over-75-year-olds

Overweight office workerEdinburgh University recently released information that had some astounding content...middle-aged male office workers spend more time sitting down than pensioners.

Their study found 45 to 54-year-old men spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down, compared to 7.4 hours for men aged over-75.

Sedentary work is the main reason for the inactivity, with sedentary time (ST) defined as time spent in any waking activity done while sitting or reclined, including working, eating, reading, watching TV or spending time on a computer.

Experts are calling for action to tackle high levels of ST, which has been linked to health risks including cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes. High levels of sedentary time - more than seven hours a day - increases the risk of an early death, cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes and some cancers, even if people are physically active at other times of the day.

Lead researcher Tessa Strain said: "Large parts of the population are dangerously sedentary, something we have underestimated. We need to tackle high levels of sedentary time in early and middle age, when patterns may develop. Our findings suggest that changing habits in the workplace could be an appropriate place to start, given how much time we spend sitting there every day."

A recent review by other researchers found "tentative evidence" to suggest sit-stand desks could reduce work sedentary time, at least in the short term.

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