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Imagine Standing at your next conference?

A recent conference at Stanford University was standing room only!  This might sound a little odd, if it was not a conference on the dangers of sitting.  Scientists and Health Care experts were on hand to learn and share information on the side effects of sitting.  Attendees were given options of chairs, standing, and even sitting on exercise balls.  

This brings up an interesting topic.  Do you sit all day?  If so how do you feel at the end of a day?  Do you find that prolonged sitting aggravates your low back, neck etc?  Or do you find that your backside has gotten – well a bit bigger?  Do you find yourself trying to find a “comfortable” position-all day long?

Researchers have show in preliminary results that not only does sitting lead to being overweight, decreased circulation and lower metabolism but also can increase risk of heart disease and even death. 

So what can be done?  Do you have a workstation that allows for standing all day?  Do you think exercise balls in place of office chairs are the newest trend? 

I would love to hear your thoughts!!!

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4 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Doing anything for too long gets uncomfortable. I’ve tried sitting on a ball when having to work prolonged hours at my desk. If I don’t pay attention, I can catch myself slouching in just about anything. I have heard from some friends that they like using a ball at their work station. What works best for me is taking short breaks to get up and move around. Even if it’s only for 10-20 seconds at a time. It helps me stretch out the kinks that come from prolonged sitting and re-gain my focus. I can work much more comfortably for longer.

  2. Kelly O'Malley says:

    Excellent comment Lisa! I think breaks are mandatory. No matter what you sit in or how you sit (or stand) anything done prolonged is a strain on the body. Shifting positions, and short breaks (like you said 10-20 seconds) can make a huge difference!

  3. Kelly O'Malley says:

    Just found an article demonstrating the science behind the idea of “stand up for your health” view it at http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/0610-stand_up_for_your_health.htm

  4. I like the Gym Ball idea for all the obvious reasons and because it easily converts into an exercise station. The “fun” factor is big too!

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