I recently started listening to the Geek Fit podcast from Brainiak.fm. It is run by Justin Seeley and every episode has been amazing so far. But the biggest game changer for me was episode 5: “Sit, Stand, Be Healthy.”
I won’t go too much into the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time, but it ain’t pretty. In a nutshell, your overall metabolic rate goes down, and your risk for cardiovascular disease increases. The scariest part? Even exercise doesn’t make a difference if you still sit for a long time.
And after listening to the podcast, I thought about my own habits. In the last two months, I have definitely been sitting far more often than I should be. I also haven’t been doing as much yoga in the evenings. I still drive to work daily, rather than walking, but the combination of prolonged sitting and reduced physical activity are markable changes; these two factors are likely contributing to some minor weight gain that I’ve been experiencing. Needless to say, when you realize that a bad habit is actually having a substantial impact on your life, it’s time to do something about it.
I was really thankful to have listened to Justin’s podcast. It was definitely a great intro into the world of sit-stand desks. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to buy any furniture while living in up north* – my home is properly furnished – but I decided that this was going to be an investment that would affect my health dramatically.
While many of the brands that were mentioned where pretty pricey, I am happy to announced that I ended up picking up a SKARSTA desk from Ikea; no electronics, just a handcrank that is reasonable price at $230.
So for now, it’s sitting in the back of my car. We’re still on the road at the moment, from Montreal to Waskaganish and are overnighting in Val D’Or. It’ll probably be a pretty busy week, so I don’t even know if I’ll have time to put this together until next weekend!
In the meantime, I’ll start looking for an anti-fatigue mat online!
*Realistically speaking, one day I will be moving somewhere else and I’ll probably need to buy a desk anyway.