Your Wellbeing and The Standing Desk

We are all looking for tools that will contribute to our wellbeing that are not only easy to implement but won’t break the budget. In recent months, I have begun to “stand” when working. I find it not only energizing but keeps me alert throughout the day.

It would appear that I am not alone; there have been many versions of the standing desk which was initially introduced in 2009 with a multi-function unit that includes either a treadmill or elliptical. I had tried one of these many years ago but found them difficult to multi-task.

Now, I’ve modified my work station which is better suited to my personal style. You may choose to simply stand at the kitchen counter or create your own standing desk by retrofitting your current favourite by reconfiguring its height. Whatever you choose, I’m sure you will find a cost effective alternative to “sitting” all day!

Here are a few tips for proper technique which is based on your individual height:

1) Roll your shoulders back and down
2) Tuck your pelvis
3) Keep knees soft
4) Elbows should be at 90 degrees
5) Wrists straight
6) Weight bearing through the middle of your feet for even
distribution for both weight and balance
7) Ease into standing for the entire day to avoid unnecessary
fatigue

As with any new concept or theory it is always helpful to recognize the expert opinion of those “in the know” who have completed the research to support the theory. So, in sharing this concept I include the following information on the benefits:

According to James Levine, M.D., Ph.D and lead researcher from the Mayo Clinic: “Not only does working standing up not overtax the brain, it has the added benefit of burning 80–100 calories an hour, improving blood flow, alleviating back pain, strengthening muscles, and actually boosting productivity. The health benefits are probably even greater than the data already suggests. ” Dr Levine is also the author of Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It.

You may wish to give it a try as you look for ways to improve your personal productivity and contribute to your overall wellbeing.

Please note: Before you give it a try check with your doctor to ensure that you get the green light on the wellness front.

Trish Tonaj is an author, coach and speaker sharing stories on mentorship while creating a culture of wealth and wellbeing. She is the author of Breaking Barriers 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories and A Diary of Change 12 Personal Tools. Visit www.phaze2wellness.com

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