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Make a Change: Try a Standing Desk
AtWomen's Health, we walk the talk of our pages. Proof? A bunch of staffers—and a few of our game-for-anything friends—committed to making a healthy lifestyle change for one month to see the impact it would have on their diets, sleep, sex lives, fitness, and more. It wasn’t easy, but they stuck it out to save you time in your pursuits of optimal health. Read on for the eye-opening results.
The tester:WH's health and features editor, Sascha de Gersdorff, who, after editing her umpteenth story on "sitting disease"—and griping about sore shoulders and a bad back—decided to practice what she preaches
The goal:"Escape muscle and joint pain, brain rot, and cottage-cheese butt while heading off longer-term risks of sitting all day, such as heart problems and diabetes."
The RX:(1) Secure a desk that slides up and down, allowing you to sit or stand in front of the computer. It is possible to build your own—go to juststand.org to get the proper dimensions—but if you (or your company) can swing it financially, it's easier to leave the construction to the pros.
(2) Start slowly by standing for 5-, then 10-minute intervals and then work up from there, says Carrie Schmitz, an ergonomic research manager for Ergotron. The most important thing isn't being on your feet for hours on end—it's switching up your position as often as possible. It takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to slow your metabolism.
(3) While standing up straight, be sure not to lock your joints. You can move slightly from foot to foot, work in some inconspicuous stretching, or even close your office door and do a few standing yoga poses.
(4) Keep exercising. A standing desk isn't a green light to spend all of your off-hours lolling on the couch or parked at the bar. May we recommend the greatest butt workout ever?
The verdict:"I was totally wiped after my first few days of standing at work. But as I got into it—and over my initial embarrassment—I became a total convert. My shoulder and back pain have nearly disappeared (truly!), and I no longer feel catatonic around 3 p.m. I eat less during the day (it's harder to snack while standing) and have lost almost five pounds (huzzah!).
"I'm still working on what shoes to wear, though—standing for hours in heels is an ergonomic no-no. I've been stashing a pair of flats under my desk and putting them on while standing.
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