As a company that is naturally passionate about standing desk products, we were delighted to see a story on the Daily Mail website in August - an article about one woman’s experiment to remain standing as much as possible for an entire month, including during periods of work, rest and play. Her objective was to prove...
Time is a precious commodity, one that each and everyone of us wishes we had more of. The news is full of fads, diets, gadgets and gizmos that are supposed to help us turn back the clock and stay fighting fit long into our twilight years. As you'd expect a lot of these fads are just that, but one unusual discovery has medical health specialists excited: the standing desk.
We’ve all read the headlines that indicate alarming obesity statistics here in the UK where half of Britain’s population are predicted to be obese before 2050. For some, this may seem too far into the future to prompt concern, but what about the next generation? Primary research analysing health trends states that obesity levels amongst the UK’s children are rising fast.
We think that our UK Athletes must spend a reasonable amount of time at their computers – probably sat at their computers – so why not improve their fitness levels even more and...
"I've been sitting down all day" is a common refrain among workers, "from the car to work, then all day in work, and in the car all the way home." By the time you get through the front door, you're probably exhausted from all that sitting down, and way too tired for a workout at the gym.
You know we get this asked so many times when we’re at expositions!
It’s a good question and relevant but the answer is a very simple “yes” if you want to, but you don’t have to!
Firstly we’d like to make the point…why not go and ask a nurse this question or a hairdresser and they’ll tell you that it can be done! If you think about it, we’re just programmed into making sitting a habit – and it’s a bad one.
Lee Barker is the principle physiotherapist at Alderbank Physiotherapy, in Grimsargh, near Preston, and a member of the Olympic Physiotherapy Team for London 2012.
Lee was based at the Athletes Village Medical Centre in London and was responsible for providing physiotherapy treatment and support to Olympic athletes from all over the world.
This is Lee’s first hand overview on the problems associated with sitting too much…
We want you to freeze! What’s your sitting position? We bet you anything you’re sitting hunched forward, your neck straining forward like an ostrich about to jump the gun. You might even be slumped resting your chin in your hand, the other idly scrolling the touchpad. Your wrists ache, your shoulder muscles feel sore and the lines where your stomach folds over are threatening to become etched in abs that aren’t as hard a stone. You’re not alone…far from it! Most of the UK is guilty of over-sitting. And it’s been a problem ever since people starting working at desks.
As anyone who works in an office will tell you, it can sometimes feel like we spend our lives sitting at a desk. In fact, many of us spend up to eight hours each day sat staring at our computer screens.
The seated office is a fairly new phenomenon, and it’s only been the norm since the 20th century. But it’s a practice that flies in the face of research on physical activity, which tells us that the seated, sedentary lifestyle we’ve become so accustomed to is having a serious effect on our health and wellbeing. It’s even been linked to cardiovascular problems and diabetes - conditions that are worryingly on the rise. What’s more, this prolonged inactivity is causing damage that can’t simply be undone with a cycle home from work, or an hour at the gym a couple of nights a week.
The University of Chester in the UK has been researching the standing vs sitting facts.