“Marisa, what are you doing differently?” my doctor asked.
“Why?” I thought I was in trouble for a second, but then she continued.
“Your blood work is incredible. All your cholesterol numbers have improved since we last saw each other. Are you exercising more?” she inquired.
She explained that my numbers looked like I had been consistently exercising as I did eight years ago when my numbers were pristine.
“Well, I bought a bike, but I haven’t used it yet,” I replied sheepishly.
She was disappointed I didn’t have some grand secret to share with her.
A Surprising Discovery
The next day, I woke up with a possible answer. I believe the Lord revealed the answer to me while I was still in a dreamlike state. I admit it’s the only time I’m quiet enough to listen and not interrupt His gentle whisper.
The change was subtle, so I almost missed it. But now it was clear.
I knew I spent too much time sitting.
It’s not that I was idle, but much of today’s work involves computers.
For many of us, we sit from dawn to dusk.
Prolonged sitting has been shown in studies to be hazardous to health.
I had decided to sit less.
Minor Work Adjustments Led to Beneficial Results
When I moved from NV to CA this past summer, I changed a few things in my office.
- I evicted my office couch.
It was too tempting to sit while I checked emails or journaled.
- I said goodbye to my comfortable ergonomic chair.
I realized that a comfortable chair made it easy to sit for longer than needed.
- I purchased an adjustable standing desk.
The plan was to sit all day with periodic sitting breaks.
If you’ve never used a standing desk, they’re quite popular these days–especially among work-from-home entrepreneurs.
My desk is adjustable, so I can push a button to stand or sit.
Although I didn’t feel any difference initially, my body experienced silent healing.
After talking with my doctor, I researched the topic to satisfy my curiosity.
Amazing Finding About Prolonged Sitting
According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, sitting for prolonged periods has been linked with several health concerns, such as:
- Increased blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- unhealthy cholesterol levels
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer
The National Library of Medicine shared several studies that suggested standing may lower the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding these health benefits, but see if it makes a difference for you.
What If You Could Reverse The Harmful Effects of Sitting
Your health should always be a priority, and it’s important to find what works best for you when caring for your body.
Here are a few tips if you choose to stand for better health.
- I always wear good, supportive shoes, no matter what kind of flooring I’m on – tile, carpet, etc.
- It helps to establish a standing and sitting rhythm that works best for you and don’t overdo it at first.
- A programmed adjustable desk adds variety to your daily routine. You can easily change your desk height to suit your needs with just the touch of a button.
If existing health issues make standing difficult, try seated exercises; they are known to elevate your heart rate and increase blood circulation.
Exercise as often as possible to maintain your health, and when you’re at work–try standing up.
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