So you switched to a standing desk? Now what?
Standing desks are taking over
I’m sure by now most people have read the trending articles about the adverse effects of sitting, noticed the new buzz around standing desks, or have at least heard the popular new catch phrase, “sitting is the new smoking”. But if you haven’t, here’s a quick overview.
According to an interview from Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk, conducted by the Los Angeles Times, Levine summed up the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles with the following two sentences:
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death”.
Levine also adds that we lose two hours of life for every hour we sit and sitting all day is not natural and is to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity.
So, you went out and got yourself a standing desk.
Problem solved, you think, right? –Wrong .
Frequent sitters often have been following this lifestyle for years or maybe even decades. Changing these bad habits is a great start, but a lot of damage has already been done. According to Diana Gerstacker, author of the article Sitting is the New Smoking—7 Ways a Sedentary Lifestyle is Killing You, studies have repeatedly shown the effects of long-term sitting are not reversible through exercise or other good habits, such as switching to a standing desk. Like smoking, sitting is noticeably poor for our health and the only way to reduce the risk is to limit the time we spend sitting on our behinds.
So, what else can we do to help repair the damage we’ve caused and set ourselves on the right track to good health? The answer might surprise you.
Massage counteracts all the sitting that you do
The way your muscles are worked during a massage can offset the imbalance caused from sitting. Most desk workers are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not this stress manifests in the shoulders and neck, and more advanced forms can show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteal muscles that make up your buttocks.
To combat your past sedentary lifestyle two new pieces of furniture should now be staples in your daily routine; a standing desk for the office and a massage table at your favorite Massage Envy clinic.