It’s no secret that many of us modern day, urban dwellers love to get things done faster and more easily with computer technology. And for a lot of us, it’s pretty much a requirement in our jobs.
Ah yes, the common desk job. You work hard to pay the bills, and it often requires eight hours of stuff like answering emails, looking at files, creating new documents, working with a database, performing administrative or accounting tasks, researching information, updating the website, answering phones, and so on and so forth.
It’s become far too easy to forget that human beings aren’t built to be sitting around all day, even though we kind of have to for the sake of our careers. Before computers became so mainstream, about half of our jobs required some form of physical activity. But today, less than one fifth (20 percent) of jobs do.
When you stay sitting for so long on a day-to-day basis, the consequences get worse over the long run. You may not notice anything right now, and you may actually feel happy and relaxed while sitting, but years of doing it will almost certainly cut your life short.
Here’s what happens when you sit down at your computer:
- Both of your legs’ electrical activity shuts off, causing fat-reducing enzymes to decrease by 90 percent.
- The rate at which you burn calories slows to about one calorie burned per minute.
- You double your rate of suffering from cardiovascular disease by sitting down all day, compared to people who stand all day.
And those are just a few things you can expect to experience by spending your entire day at a desk. It’s quite terrifying when you really think about it, actually. And most people reading this article right now are likely sitting down at a desk at their computer, or on a couch with their laptop, tablet computer, or smartphone.
Sitting down has become ingrained in our culture, and with increasingly advanced technology that take all the movement out of what we need to get done, it’s probably bound to get worse. It’s sad to know that many people won’t do anything about it.
You, however, are not somebody who is not going to do anything about it. You’re here, reading an article on StandingDeskTips.com, and even though you may be sitting down and staring at a computer at the moment, it’s clear that you probably want to make a change in your life.
Standing desks and treadmill desks are the new, modern day lifesaver. As more people realize how dangerous it is to be sitting all day, the standing desk trend will continue to grow.
To get yourself started on the road toward better health, a longer lifespan, and crossing “desk job” off of your list of greatest fears, check out some of the following links.