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Sitting down for eight or more hours a day can give you a pain in the neck, lead to obesity, and even drive you to an early grave. Those are just a few of the reasons adjustable desks that allow you to work standing up or sit down are becoming more popular. Dr. Zarinah Hud, DO, CEO and Medical Director of Rebound Sports and Rehab, LLC, agrees that office workers should modify their desks for comfort and health. You should aim to stand more than you sit because the average person burns up to 50 more calories in an hour standing, she says. Even if you use a standing desk she recommends you still aim to change position regularly. An adjustable standing desk that can easily be lowered to a sitting position, like the Varidesk, is ideal. She suggests all workers set their alarm for every two hours as a reminder to stand, stretch, jog in place for one minute, and drink water. “This provides hydration, cardiovascular conditioning, improves flexibility, improves blood flow to the brain, and can improve energy and focus.” Here are more ways to help your body recover from a day of sitting.
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It’s time to rethink your traditional swivel chair, too. “I love inflatable exercise balls as chairs in the home or workplace office, because you must activate your core to maintain correct posture,” Dr. Zarinah (her preferred moniker) says. Studies show that one can burn approximately six percent more calories sitting on exercise balls compared to sitting in a regular chair. A study by the European Journal of Applied Physiology also found that exercise balls, such as the Dynapro Exercise Ball, burn more calories than sitting in a normal office chair. Although it isn’t a huge increase in calories burned, every little helps! When you’re done working for the day, here are some awesome ab exercises you can do on your ball.