There are many diets, fads and crazes that promise quick weight loss, and drastic results but actually fail to deliver long term.
This is because the only way to get your health to where you want to be it is to make meaningful, long-term lifestyle changes.
January is the time when we mostly make those changes to our lifestyles.
There are many little changes that can help, from drinking 2 litres of water per day, to having a little walk on your lunch break. It’s hard to focus on health when you are at work though, as most people are sat down all day, which just makes you feel tired and groggy.
Make a change by adopting to use a standing desk, it’s an investment worth making. Many companies offer staff a standing desk if requested, and they are encouraged by both the NHS and the health secretary, who also uses one.
Research has found that sitting for 8 hours per day can increase the chance of premature death by a staggering 60%. Research also shows that using a standing desk increases productivity by 46%, this is because by standing more, your circulation improves, making you able to focus, concentrate and burn up to 50 additional calories per hour.
If you stood for 4 hours of your working day, that is an extra 200 calories burnt, 1000 per week (Mon-Fri), or 52,000 per year. To put that in context the average calories burnt whilst running 5km is around 400 calories. So, by standing 4 hours per work day, you are burning the same calories as running two and a half 5km runs each week, or an amazing 130 x 5km runs per year, all whilst working and not actually running!
Once you embrace using a standing desk, increased productivity and calories burnt aren’t the only benefits. Other benefits reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even some cancers. It lowers blood sugars and increases circulation. Standing desks even improves posture, which reduces strain on your neck, arms and lower back. Lower back pain affects nearly 50% of all UK adults, and last year back pain cost employers over 10 million sick days.
Standing desks may be a simple change, but whatever changes you make in 2019 make sure they are changes you can keep. That way you’ll feel the benefits for years to come.
Varidesk offer a range of standing desk solutions starting from just £150. The most popular desk is the Varidesk Pro Plus 36, which fits on top of existing desks. It lifts up in under 3 seconds and has different height settings to suit your height. It’s available in black or white and if you don’t like it within 30 days you can return it, hassle free. The Pro Plus 36 costs £365 from www.varidesk.com
We are loving the idea of a standing desk, especially if it means losing a few calories without actually having to do anything!