Technology has a major impact on the ways that we work and the type of work we do. This has resulted in a society that is increasingly stagnant. A decade or more ago, studies showed that sitting too much can increase premature death. Serious stuff but there was an answer: enter the standing desk. Unfortunately, the standing desk was not the answer to all of our problems like we thought it would be because it’s actually just the stagnant part that’s terrible for our health. *slowly sits back down* We’re always looking for an easy fix, but it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one this time, friends.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
“Physiologically, it has been suggested that the loss of local contractile stimulation induced through sitting leads to both the suppression of skeletal muscle lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity (which is necessary for triglyceride uptake and HDL-cholesterol production) and reduced glucose uptake.”
Millions of us have jobs that require most of the work to be done on the computer, so what can you do? A primary solution to reduce your hours of inactivity could be to walk around once every hour. In addition to helping your mind and body, this could actually increase your productivity, as well. It’s easy to get caught up in your work, so it’s recommended that you set a timer to go off signaling when it’s time to get up for a short walk.
If, for some reason, you find that it’s not possible to take these frequent walks, we suggest adding a few yoga moves to practice without moving away from your desk. Add these cubicle yoga moves to your daily routine for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Reminder: do not force your body into anything it’s not ready for; ask your doctor if yoga is right for you.
Mountain pose: improves posture and strengthens.
Tree pose: strengthens, improves balance and calms the mind.
Standing half-forward bend: stretches and rejuvenates the spine and legs, and improves digestion.
Upward salute: awakens the body and provides a boost of energy, improves posture.
Warrior II: enhances strength, stability and concentration