Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Life

Is standing the new smoking and what can you do about it

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My standing desk setup.

With apologies to Bob Marley, it is becoming more and more apparent that you not only need to stand up for your rights but also now for your life. Recent research is showing that sitting all day long is creating a host of problems from impairing your mobility to driving metabolic disease and cancer.

So what can you do about? Well, stand up. Not all day long and not beyond the point where you can keep good posture. Be comfortable as much as you can and then adapt and extend the time. In order to do this you can simply start by getting up once an hour and stretching or resetting your body. Chris Johnson, a pretty well known Physical Therapist, has posted a video of a great way to reset your body throughout the day HERE.

Once you have gotten used to that, you may want to take things to the next level and get a standing desk. This can be as simple as piling some boxes on your desk to bring your laptop up to the right level for standing or you can buy a standing desk for anywhere from about $50 up to several thousand.  HERE is a link to the Ergotron standing desk that I use that is in the picture above. For some really cool higher end standing desks and other furniture, Martin Keen, best known as the designer who founded Keen Shoes, has a great new company called Focal Upright.

Finally, if you want more information on the problems sitting is causing and how you can address the issues, there is a new book called Deskbound – Sitting is the New Smoking, by Physical Therapist Kelly Starrett. The book is available through Amazon HERE and more information about Kelly and his other programs is available on his website MobilityWod.

So do it now, stand up, walk around and stretch.

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