We couldn’t agree more with this recent Fast Company article – it’s healthy to try to stand more at work, but when you have to sit down, do it right! We talk a lot about “sitting disease” on this blog, but this author uses the term “Sedentary Death Syndrome” and notes that it “was coined by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 2002 to address the growing consequences of a seated lifestyle”. No matter how you say it, too much sitting is not good, and when you do sit, proper posture is important for more than just preventing back pain – it also makes you look taller and more confident, keeps your mind alert, keeps your core muscles active, and even improves circulation and oxygen intake. Healthy sitting is described as “…’relaxed, straight sitting,’ where your core is strong, your spine is erect, and your shoulders are active but not tense.
Standing up at your VARIDESK regularly throughout the day will help you stay energized and strong, so that when you do sit down, you’ve got the energy, strength, and awareness not to slouch! Check out the healthy posture tips in this article and maybe even post them up in your office or cube to remind you to sit up straight (when you’re not standing, of course).