Standing Desk Tweaks for Long Term Success

Here is a great article from Fast Company about Standing Desk Tweaks.  They cover everything from Health to Work Sanity

Fast Company – The work you do and the office culture in which you do it are extremely important. But so too is the actual surface you work on. Here’s how thinking about your desk, its immediate environs, and your relationship to your workspace can help you become more creative.

Our focus at Best Standing Desks has typically been on the health benefits of standing, but this article makes a great point about becoming more creative and productive.   (deadly combo by the way)

Rae makes a lot of great points, but here is my favorite:

FOR BEST RESULTS, WALK AWAY FROM THE DESK – Solving really big problems sometimes require drastic measures. While hammering an idea out of your head can occasionally seem tempting, there’s consensus that stepping away from the desk is the way to break loose mental logjams.

Just walk away.  Get away from your desk and collect your thoughts.  How powerful is that?   You can find a ton of different things to take your mind off your current project.  My favorite to to grab a drink of water and take a walk.   Water is great for your health and the walk will ease your mind.  Even better…..  Grab a walk with a co-worker and talk through some of the issues that you’re facing.  Maybe you be able to glean a different approach to your problem, or at the very least, vent about your frustrations and get them off your chest.  (even if it is temporary)

Rae sums of the article with the best last resort:

Of course, if coffee, fresh air, and exercise fail to produce a genius solution to a creative conundrum, there’s always the bar.

Regardless of your standing desk situation, you need to check out this article. It’s phenomenal.  As always, get creative, check out the Diet Coke of Standing Desks…….  Awesome!

Standing Desk with Soda Cans

The Importance of 30 minutes

30 Minute WorkoutIf you’re “averagely overweight,” that is, not doctor-diagnosed with extreme obesity, or if you just want to feel better by losing or shedding a few pounds, there’s good news for you– from ACCREDITED, reliable, trusted experts who also care about your well-being. The Importance of 30 minutes

Truth: Ten minutes of daily exercise is admirable because it’s far better than zero minutes of productive energy expenditure. However, exercise physiology and weight loss science point to 30 minutes per day, at least three times per week, as part of your best body fat improvement scenario.

Why Does 30 Minutes Prove So Beneficial, And What’s The Other Part of An Effective Weight Loss Scenario?

Your body has only three possible energy systems. Two of them are oxygen-INDEPENDENT. Yet, in order to metabolize fat, your body demands that oxygen be present. Long-story-short: brief, especially “quick” exercise bouts look for quick energy sources. These reside in blood and in muscle. It takes more than a few minutes to significantly tap into your fat stores, and especially, to burn enough of it for a long enough time to lose some substantial body weight.

This is almost the exact opposite of muscle tissue, where you can see and feel virtually immediate results. Burning fat requires patience. You simply have to allow yourself TIME to let exercise effects occur.

Reach Your Aerobic Threshold

Generally, exercise begins with a warm-up phase, at least 1-3 minutes. Provided your intensity remains within your target heart rate training zone, (about 120 heart beats per minute– an estimated average for most non health-impaired adults) you’ll spend the next 7-10 minutes reaching your aerobic threshold. Staying near-to, but right below the point where your muscles burn (from a too-highly-intense performance causing lactic acid build-up) will bring you to a virtually perfect “fat-burn.” Yet, THIS very special meeting only occurs at medium-to-low intensities, which takes longer periods of time.

Lipids (a simplified word for “non-water-soluble-fats” within your system) have to move from the outside of a cell, through the cytosol, mix with pyruvate, plus oxygen … then proceed to your “furnace” (mitochondria). This is where you break fat down into your “rewarding and much-wanted” by-products– energy (the work you’ve achieved); H2O (sweat); and carbon dioxide (a lot of continuous “exhaling”).

So, if you quit at the 10-minute mark, you deny yourself approximately an additional 10 calories or more per minute of weight lost, primarily from fat stores. Stopping this process at 10 minutes is much like going all the way to the door of your favorite party but never stepping inside … for the “real” action.

Reasons Why You Should Work Out More Than Ten Minutes

With all of that said, there’s an even more monumentally powerful yet scientific reason why you should work out for more than only ten minutes. In fact, at least 30-minute exercise sessions prove most beneficial for effective weight loss and improved endurance. You’ll get three fundamental benefits from this:.

First, you preserve your LEAN body mass (which you need because it burns fat far better than fat can burn itself).

Second, you get to expend MAXIMUM calories (the true key to losing weight– maximizing caloric expenditure, which is a time-consuming venture).

Third, your extended physical activity makes you change the way your body USES food internally or metabolically (for example, getting three-fold increase in calories expended, compared to person remaining sedentary.).

To Summarize, Experts Now Agree.

The bottom line is that essentially all experts in diabetic science, obesity control, dietetics & nutrition, exercise science & personal training, and exercise physiology agree that extended, low-to-moderate-intensity physical activity is yet the most significant and flexible factor in energy expenditure for losing weight.

Mix that with practicality, reasonable, and utilize the following tip: Base your safe, effective weight loss goals around the fundamental principle that you need to alter your energy balance in the NEGATIVE direction by expending about 500 calories per day from smartly manipulating both EXERCISE AND DIET. You’ll find that it’s barely even possible to accomplish this feat by altering food alone. With exercise, however, you can obtain your weight loss objectives much more comfortably and conveniently, plus safely, too, for results that are long-lasting and health enhancing.

Check out the 30 minute workout below and let me know what you think?


Yes, Your Office Is Causing You Pain

Office Pain ReliefYes it’s true and you know it.  Your Office Is Causing You Pain.  Once, it was thought that heavy lifting and grunt work would be the primary occupational reasons for people looking for pain relief. It was as soon as believed that workers that operated in an office and so on were at a reduced threat of contracting diseases due to their job, in contrast to the ones that operated in the field.

Of course, that bit of conventional wisdom is now being tossed out the window. In the modern workplace’s cubicle-based atmospheres, staff members have just as high threat for an occupational disease as anybody else. Based on some studies, they could be even worse off than people working in the field depending on the disorders of the working environment.

The very first indication of trouble came from the improving usage of pain relief treatment by home office workers. This is often attributed to the confined areas, repeated movements, and the absence of appropriate back support from the average office chair.

According to experts, anybody that is compelled to sit in the very same position for hrs on end, with hardly any area to steer or to change positions, is likely to experience spells of pain. This will eventually lead to discomfort, if left uncontrolled. The enhancing amount of home office workers taking pain relief treatment often tend to doing this as a result of back pain, largely due to the lack of chairs with adequate back assistance.

There are specific things that can be done to assist minimize the threat of becoming ill as a result of office problems. A little skeletal extending and exercise to get the blood moving correctly prior to function could help reduce the demand for pain relief drugs as a result of repetitive anxiety on certain areas of the physical body. Correct posture and positioning in regard to the keyboard and monitor could likewise aid lower the anxiety put on the arm or legs, back, and neck.

Make small changes at work to avoid the sitting disease discomfort.  Encourage your boss or organization to purchase standing desks or provide an option for a healthy work environment.

Switching to a Standing Desk at Work

I have been talking with a fellow office cube monkey about my transformation to a standing desk and how I have essentially rallied behind this healthier way of working.  She asked me how in the world my boss would be on board with this idea. I hadn’t thought of this but I had no resistance from my boss. Thank you boss, I like you.

Have you wanted to transform your office space at work to a standing desk? Nervous to discuss the topic with your boss? Here is my tip:

Yell at your boss:  “I don’t want the sitting disease!”

I am only kidding. Lead with the productivity, healthier work day and ergonomics of the standing desk.

Adjustable Height Desks and Conversion Kits are perfect for your office work space, and the bonus is the latter is very practical and affordable.

So how do you get the ball rolling? Have the conversation with your boss. Do some research. Use the words, sitting disease. Show them the handout below.  Please know I am here for you.

Below is some very handy information by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Sitting Disease by the Numbers

Ergonomics of a Standing Desk

As in previous posts we have discussed how a standing desk can lead to a healthier and more productive way to work.  We have also discussed the Optimal Standing Desk Height.

Good news is that if you’re reading this post about the ergonomics of a standing desk, you’ve already made the leap or are in the process of improving your overall fitness.  Good for you!

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Before we get to measurements, we need to discuss the primary complaint of new standing desk users.  Leg and back soreness.

While some soreness is normal while the body strengthens and adjusts to standing for extended periods of time, most of the initial soreness can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes and using a standing desk anti-fatigue mat.   But not all anti-fatigue mats are designed for use at workstations, see here for our standing desk mat buyer’s guide which covers what features to look for, and our favorite pick.

 

Pictured below is a guideline to follow to make sure you are positioned correctly while you are standing or sitting at your ergonomic standing desk, whether it’s a adjustable height table or adjustable conversion desk.

Sit & Standing Desk ErgonomicsErgonomics for a Standing Desk (and Seated)

 The mayo clinic recommends the following ergonomics of a standing desk:

Posture: When using a ergonomic standing desk, keep your legs, torso, neck and head approximately in line and vertical.

Desk: Choose a desk that will allow you to keep your wrists straight and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. Don’t use books or boards to change the height of your desk.

Monitor: Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. Position your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.

Keyboard and mouse: Place your mouse and keyboard within easy reach and on the same surface. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.

Key objects: Keep key objects — such as your telephone, stapler or printed materials — close to your body to prevent excessive stretching.

Headset: If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck. Experiment with various styles until you find the headset that works best for you.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Don’t sit, stand at your desk!

mf-standing-deskb_fHave you heard of the latest; sitting at your desk is shortening your life? That is the gossip I have been hearing today. But there seems to be a simple solution and I am willing to share it.

If you sit at a desk everyday, or at least Monday through Friday, you might want to consider the newest trend to stand at your desk. Think about your work day and the time you spend sitting at your desk. You might come up with roughly 80% of your time. In that time you are becoming more at risk with your health from developing diabetes, blood clots and even increasing your chances of a heart attack.

Solution
So let’s get back to the simple solution, being healthier. Wait, this is not a health article it is a straightforward article to be more ergonomic and the plus side just happens to be that it benefits your health. Now think about this, would you like to be more focused, have a better mood, and increase your productivity all while burning calories and increasing your life?

If you answer no to this statement, stop reading now. If you said yes, consider transforming your everyday sit down desk into a standing desk.

Find the right fit
Now of course companies have come to light on the trend of standing desks and it could be as simple as finding one you like and purchasing it. Or maybe you have more of the DIY personality and want to create your own. Either way anyone or everyone should be doing this. Below are some of my suggestions for buying a standing desk. You’re welcome for helping you become a healthier and more ergonomic human being.

The already made and ready to order standing desks.

  1. Adjustable height desk
  2. Mobile workstations
  3. Treadmill Desks
  4. Conversion Kits (for you DIY’ers)

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