Do you know how to ditch the chair and stand up more? Find out how you can take advantage of it for productivity and health without breaking your budget.
Have you ever been told to ditch the chair and stand up more?
While I had already heard about the benefits of standing up for health, I used to think I was cover.
First of all, I wasn’t exactly sedentary.
Even though I had an office job, I used to work out at least 5 times a week.
Most of the time, I trained twice a day!
There was no way my sitting habits could cause me any problem.
Well… That’s what I used to think…
Life as we know it
Do you have any idea of how much of your day you spend sitting?
Let’s think about the most frequent daily activities:
- work at the office
- study at school
- take the bus
- drive a car
- watch TV
- use social media
- read a book
- play games
They’re part of the routine of most of us. Including the little ones.
What do they have in common?
We perform them sitting.
Until a few decades ago, most of these activities weren’t part of our routine:
- Just a handful people had office jobs.
- Our grandparents were accustomed to walking long distances.
- The only games kids knew were those played outside
Sitting wasn’t as regular as it is now.
That’s why its damage has only been recently identified.
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Ditch the chair
Unless the school of your kids has already adopted a new approach to desks, there’s little you can do about it.
The same goes for your work environment or when you drive your car.
However, there are other opportunities you can take advantage to stand up more.
I must say that when my coach suggested me to stand up more, I was concerned.
We don’t have room for a standing desk in our place. Neither was I ready to make the investment.
WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO?
I started looking for affordable and realistic solutions.
At first, I started using a pile of books.
Not being too tall made it easier since I didn’t have to collect a whole library for that.
But have you ever heard of portable supports for your laptop?
They were the perfect solution for me.
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Sitting in squat position
A solution for when you watch TV is sitting in squat position.
I’m not going to lie to you: it isn’t easy in the beginning.
I still need a lot of improvement myself.
But with practice, you’ll be able to spend more time in this position.
Even though the objective isn’t staying in squat position for hours, it’s a simple way to change things.
And it offers a lot of benefits.
Stand up more
To start adding more standing in your life, you need:
- spot opportunities to sit less
- be creative with your alternatives
- begin slowly to accustom your body one day at a time
Standing up more is a great addition to your fitness efforts.
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
How many activities do you perform in sitting position?