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Sitting Linked to Nine More Cancers

Couple sat watching TVSitting for hours on end is linked to nine more cancers than we thought, according to the cancer expert who is helping to re-write the exercise guidelines. Charles E Matthews, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute, warns we need more physical activity than we thought - but more importantly, we need to sit less.

Just one hour of TV a day puts even the most active of us at a higher risk of not just breast and colon cancer - which we already knew - but also nine other cancers including lung and head or neck.

"Watching TV is the major competitor to going out and being more active," he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Austin, Texas. "This is where moderate activity like a brisk walk or things around the house come in. Anything that is not sitting is good."

Now we're not suggesting standing and watching the TV at home but if you've been non-sedentary at work using a standing desk you can afford some rest time watching your favourite TV programme for an hour or so!

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Walking the dog or pottering in the garden could extend life expectancy

The Daily Telegraph published an article this week which validates how low level activity on a regular basis improves our health and wellbeing...something we're always banging the drum about with our standing desks...

"Pottering around the garden or walking the dog is enough to help older men live longer, a new study suggests. The research found that half an hour a day of any level of physical activity is linked to a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death in older men.

Older Man active in allotmentUK health advice suggests 150 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity, with bouts of at least 10 minutes recommended. But the new research suggests the total amount of time spent on activity is more important - with gentle movement enough to make a major difference.

The researchers from University College London tracked more than 1,000 men, with an average age of 78, who wore an  accelerometer- a portable gadget that continuously tracks the volume and intensity during waking hours for seven days. During the monitoring period, which averaged around five years, 194 of the men died. The findings showed total amount of time spent active was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause.

Each additional 30 minutes a day of light intensity activity - such as gentle gardening or taking the dog for a walk - was associated with a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death. Those managing half an hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day saw the risk of death fall by 33 per cent, the research found."

So once again this is another piece of evidence that shows how the human body benefits from low level but regular activity. Sitting 8.5 hours every working day in front of your PC is not conducive with a healthy life style.

The option?  A sit-stand desk allows you to work actively for chosen periods of your day. It's a no-brainer!

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Chris Trickett February 21, 2018 2 tags (show) Add a comment

Prostate cancer kills more people than breast cancer

Prostate Cancer UK LogoProstate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third deadliest type of the disease in Britain, new research has found. For the first time, figures show that more men are dying from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer, amid warnings from charities and health campaigners that more investment is needed.

The research, published today by Prostate Cancer UK, reveals that 11,819 men died of prostate cancer in 2015, the equivalent of one every 45 minutes, compared with 11,442 women who died of breast cancer.

Back in 2014 we blogged about the important link between physical activity while at work and prostate cancer: those who worked as bakers, barbers, labourers and in other professions that involve standing for much of the day were far less likely to get prostate cancer than those with a more sedentary role, such as civil servants and those working in office jobs.

If you work in an office job, stop and think about how much of your day you spend sitting down. We'd guess that it's probably at least 8 hours - and as humans, we weren't designed for so much sedentary time. As the years have crept forward, our lives have become far more sedentary - which explains why we now have far higher incidences of problems such as heart disease, obesity and, indeed, prostate cancer.

According to research recently published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, the simple fact of having an office desk job can increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. The solution? A standing desk in your workplace. A height adjustable desk allows you to stand while you work, burning calories during your working day and benefiting your body in a huge number of different ways. You may think, if you're an office worker, that you have no choice when it comes to staying seated - but the health benefits of stand up desks are too great to ignore.

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Inactive UK Business

Hot Desk AreaToday we dropped off two EIGER Pro Standing Desks to one of the UK's leading employers to trial in their headquarters. They will be used in flexible working areas (hot desks) where most employees are laptop based. This is perfect for the EIGER Pro.

We couldn't believe the size of the car park and it was totally full, implicating that most employees sit down to get to work. The lifts were in full use and every office area we saw was full of inactive computer workers, sat down.

This is the norm but when you see it on such a large scale it's frightening.

When we told a few of the employees they were twice as likely to have a cardio health issue compared to a active manual worker they were shocked. They couldn't believe that the effects of just standing for 3 hours a day over a working year will burn more calories than running 10 marathons!

We've got a good feeling about this company and that active working will be met positively with the help of our EIGER Pro Standing Desk.

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Nick White December 05, 2017 2 tags (show) Add a comment

Prince Charles Visits Damers First School

Prince Charles visiting Damers First SchholOne of our EIGER Student Primary School customers had a special visitor today - Prince Charles. Damers is a brand new, purpose built school built in Poundbury which is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built on Duchy of Cornwall land according to architectural principles advocated by The Prince of Wales.

Damers First School purchased 5 EIGER Student Standing Desks after trialling them to improve activity and concentration levels in their classrooms.

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Don't tell children to 'sit still' - they will end up as fat couch potatoes

Children Standing Up

A report by MPs and peers has warned telling children to “sit still” sets them up for a lifetime of obesity.

Parents and teachers should encourage children's natural inclination to be physically active instead of telling them to stop fidgeting or to be seated for long periods. Fitness experts said today's children were being fed a diet of "sofa and screen time" while being starved of outdoor activities.

The report by the all-party parliamentary group on a fit and healthy childhood said most children today spend less time playing outdoors than prisoners are required to have outside by law. The group called on the Government to rewrite the childhood obesity strategy, to make promotion of exercise a more substantial part of it.

Baroness Floella Benjamin, co-chair of the group, said:  “The UK is in the throes of an obesity epidemic – but at the moment, our Government is not rising to the occasion with all the weapons at its disposal.”

The report highlights research which found three quarters of British parents said their children spend an hour or less playing outside each day - the minimum amount of outdoor time given to prison inmates.

That's where we know we've got a a part to play with our EIGER Student Standing Desks in UK schools. In classrooms children are inactive for 4.5 hours every day and are creating a lifetime habit to sit in learning and working environments. It needs to change.

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The National News!

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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Nick White September 27, 2017 2 tags (show) Add a comment

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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Nick White September 18, 2017 2 tags (show) Add a comment

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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