I am sure you’ve heard …
Sitting is the new smoking
and even harsher phrases like “Sitting is Slowly Killing You” are often seen in media headlines. Just google “Sitting is the new smoking” and tens of thousands of articles will come up.
These headlines might be catchy, but there is also some truth behind the message.
Recent research indicates that sitting all day can cause many things to go wrong:
- Strained Neck
- Back Pain
- Muscle Degeneration
- Heart Disease
- And even cancer!
Here is a great article from the Washington Post that goes into more detail on the above and offers solutions for those of us that have to spend most of our day sitting.
Here is a little personal story about how excessive sitting has impacted my health. All through college and graduate school I worked as a nanny and as a server in a very busy restaurant. I was constantly moving. Especially in the restaurant, I was never sitting. Guess what I ate? Junk! So much junk. Tons of fried food and gluten. Surprisingly, I mostly felt okay. I didn’t feel like a super human like I did when I went, Paleo, but I felt okay, I had no complaints. And I had zero neck and back pain issues.
Fast forward a few years. I graduated from school, I got a “real” job. One that required that I was at the office every day for 8+ hours, sitting at a desk. In addition, I was commuting close to 3 hours a day. For years, I was basically sitting for 12 hours a day. It’s pretty insane, right? It’s definitely not how humans are intended to use our bodies day in and day out. Sadly, I am not alone in this lifestyle. The average US adult spends 8 hours a day sitting.
After a few months at my first corporate job, I found myself in and out of chiropractor’s offices constantly. I had never once been to a chiropractor before this. These visits would help with pain management, but they didn’t solve the problem. Now 7 years later, I am still dealing with back pain issues. I truly believe the back pain is a result of the amount of time I spent sitting, especially after spending the 6 years prior to that moving all day, everyday.
Now, that I work from home, I am not that much better. I often find myself working at the dining room table or even worse on the couch! I do get up and move around more than I did in my corporate jobs, but still not enough.
I have now been using the Locus Workstation for 3 weeks now. I work at this desk anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a day. Week after week, my back pain is lessening. Some days it’s even been non-existent! As someone that works full-time from home, I am thrilled to have this ergonomic workstation to help me have proper posture all day.
How does the Locus Workstation Work?
All aspects are adjustable – the angle on the tabletop, the height of the table, the height of the stool. You can make it comfortable for your body. It’s very simple to adjust, so multiple people in the same house can easily use it.
We tend to get fatigued after standing for a couple of hours, then you can use the stool. You are never really sitting with the stool. You are in a more of a leaning position. It allows your core and legs to be engaged, while your neck and back are in a neutral position. It also allows you an opportunity to use different muscles than when you are standing.
One last reason that I love Focal Upright as a company is that whenever possible, they source components domestically. All products are designed and assembled in their Rhode Island headquarters. They continually review their vendors with the goal of sourcing as much as possible domestically.
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