Is Sitting The New Smoking?

Your fridge is stocked with healthy green food, you’ve scheduled to go to the gym a few times this week and there’s a large bottle of water on your desk to make sure you hit that magic 2 litres a day mark.

Sounds like you are onto a healthy winning streak, right?

Well you’re part of the way there, but a daily habit of yours could be having a detrimental impact on your health.

If you’re reading this sitting down, you’re slowly killing yourself.

There’s no sugar-coated way of saying this. The majority of us sit for more than 9 hours every day, either travelling, working, eating or socialising. This is more time than we spend sleeping!

Sitting is so prevalent we don’t question how much we’re doing it, or its impact on us.

Lol yea but everybody sits, what are you worrying about?

Well, apart from the obvious; sore shoulders, neck & back and an increase in obesity, sitting leads to a host of minor and chronic musculoskeletal problems.

Sitting and our inactivity has also been shown to have direct links to increased risks of all types chronic health complications, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, raised cholesterol and even cancer. Studies have also shown a link to kidney disease, poor circulation and soft bones. The ugly truth is that those of us sitting for more than 11 hours a day, have a far higher risk of dying young.

Hang on, I go to the gym and I’m pretty healthy anyway...

You can’t ‘sit and be fit’. Unfortunately going to the gym for an hour every day does not protect you. When we sit for a bigger portion of the day than we move, we reprogram our central nervous system and our brain to “slow down”. This leads to you functioning at a level that is below ideal.

How your body moves and how often, what you eat, how well you breath and how you deal with stress all impact your body’s functions. Reducing the time spent sitting is one less thing to worry about.

I have to sit to work, am I screwed?

That’s where deskmate come in. We realised and were beginning to feel these issues and having tried various solutions including the infamous “$20 IKEA hack’ and a £400 standing desk, we saw a gap in the market for an affordable standing desk converter.

Deskmate costs less than a round of drinks, is made from 100% recyclable materials, pops out for use in seconds and folds away by the side of your desk when not in use. It’s strong too, meaning it can hold up to 15kg and will support multiple screens.

By using deskmate for just a an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, you’ll find your energy levels increasing, your concentration will improve and your work day will feel like less of a clock watching slog.

As you get stronger and more used to standing, gradually increase the time you use deskmate and you’ll feel the benefits, not just whilst working, but in the rest of your life too.

I’m broke and don’t want to buy a standing desk converter, what else can I do?

  • Park your car further away from your home or office or get off the tube/bus one stop earlier.
  • Use the stairs rather than the lift
  • Eating your lunch ‘al desko’ results in you being glued to it even longer. Eat your lunch ‘al fresco’ to get a much needed break from your emails - and you can have a healthy dose of Vitamin D too.
  • Walk and talk: be that when on the phone, social activities, or why not suggest an informal meeting whilst walking outside.
  • Get up from your desk as much as possible – every 20-30 minutes is ideal. It actually allows your brain to concentrate better, so you should end up more productive.
  • Drink more water. Be better hydrated and walk more, as you’re frequenting the bathroom more often.
  • Smart watches & Health Apps - set inactivity alerts and use technology to be more active