For generations, the human body has evolved to support human needs. From collecting fruits, catching prey, to walking long distances and building houses. It is only last two decades that light activity jobs (mainly sitting at the desk) prevailed over the high activity ones. Therefore, it is no surprise that diseases linked to the lack of movement have spiked in recent years. Cardiovascular diseases are the most common ones leading to shorter life expectancy. But as humans evolved, our creativity and ability to adapt also. Let’s take a look at how technology and manufacturing can support us during our modern way of life.
Evolution in the way we work
According to the research at the University of Queensland, in 1970, 2 in 10 Americans were working in light activity jobs. That number rapidly increased in just 30 years, when in 2000 mor than 4 in 10 Americans were in light activity jobs. 6 in 10 working adults were using computer on the job and 9 in 10 children used computer at school. This unprecedented overall decrease in the physical activity is simply too fast for our human bodies to adapt to.
An average person spends 8 – 12 hours sitting each day. According to the research at the University of Toronto, this increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 90%. So, what can you do to reduce the time you spend engaged in an activity that is not good for you?
Step 1: Use a desk that allows you to switch to a standing position
Do you remember how much more productive you were when you switched rooms or went to work at a coffee shop? That’s what movement and change of the environment does to our brains and bodies. Working in a standing position activates different muscle groups and make them engage. As a result, we burn calories. This study shows that compared to sitting, an afternoon of work spent in standing position burned over 170 additional calories. That is almost 1 000 calories burned each week from simply standing at work each afternoon. The same study also proves that standing instead of sitting lowers the blood sugar levels (up to 43%), which is a good prevention against type 2 diabetes.
Changing your body position while working has also a positive effect on your wellbeing and ability to perform at work. A study published by the CDC shows, that the use of a height-adjustable desk reduces upper back and neck pain by 54%. In addition to that the participants in the 7-week study reported less stress and fatigue than those who remain seated. 87% of people using height-adjustable desk reported increased vigor and energy.
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Step 2: Use a chair that encourages healthy posture and free movement
Can you encourage movement while sitting? The answer is yes. The more you move and the less you stay in a steady, stiff position, the better. An office chair in 2021 should stand up to modern ergonomic standards and have features that encourage a healthy upright sitting posture, with free back and forth movement. The chair should also be able to adjust to the posture of each individual. A synchronous mechanism will make sure that the seat and the back follow your body by tilting in an appropriate angle, supporting you while leaning back and stretching. Other functions that should support your specific body type and adjust to the desk you are using are: Height adjustment of the seat, adjustment of the back pressure and armrest height and depth adjustment.
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Step 3: Take active breaks
All the helpful steps above are worthless if you don’t take a break. It is recommended to take a break at least every two hours. Take a quick stroll around the block. Even simply walking up and down the stairs will help to release stiffness and relax your body. A small active break will help you to divide your day to smaller parts and allow you to switch environments and recharge. You will then be able to return to your desk with a fresh view and a clean mind.