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A Sit Stand Desk Can Improve Your Life

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Many people use a Sit Stand Desk these days. Is sitting for long periods of time really that bad for you? Yes! In fact, many experts go so far as to say that sitting in the new smoking.

Sit still long enough to hear this tip, and you may take a stand against sitting.

That truth is that the human body was developed for movement.

A sedentary culture of sitting for long periods of time is taking a major toll on people’s health. When sitting for long periods, our bodies become less efficient. Sitting for more than six hours a day puts you on a very unhealthy path—even if you exercise.

Sitting for long periods of time can actually make bottoms bigger because sitting down puts a large amount of force on the body tissues that make fat cells. People who sit for prolonged periods throughout the day are predisposed to developing health problems.

Here’s how a Sit Stand Desk can help.

Although a treadmill desk is a great way to beat the “sitting all day blues,” it’s not always practical. Collapsible standing desks (or Sit Stand Desks) are also available.

I start my morning with my computer on a “Stand Steady” collapsible desk. (www.StandSteady.com). I move around every 15 minutes and, later in the afternoon, I lower the stand to ease stress on my back.

If a Sit Stand Desk is not an option for you, set a timer to remind yourself to move every 15 minutes. Take just a moment to stand and stretch. Even though I do stand for part of my day, I still stretch every 15 minutes. The stretch that I engage in most often is standing, arms outstretched behind me at shoulder height, and deep breathing slowly a few times. This short stretch forces my sternum to extend—allowing for more efficient breathing and reversing the collapsing posture of sitting.

Tip: Do whatever it takes to reverse the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time.

You can get many more empowering tips like this one in my award-winning book, Live Without Stress: How to Enjoy the Journey. Buy one and get one free as a gift. You will not want to depart with your own copy. Be sure to check out the Without Stress Facebook Group where you can connect with other life-minded people on a journey to reduce stress.

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