Can a standing desk help you lose weight?
Along with many other health benefits, yes.
A Harvard standing desk study found that you burn at least 10% more calories per hour standing vs.sitting. The study also finds that long hours of sitting has also been linked to:
- cardiovascular disease
- cancer (especially cancers of the colon or breast)
- premature death.
Whether you’re working in an office at home or away, it’s important to take breaks and move – and not just for a change of scenery, but also for your health.
Research shows that sitting for long periods of time without breaks increases risks for obesity and heart disease. Chronic sitting can contribute to back pain, leg cramps, and even poor posture. Even the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day can’t completely counteract problems caused by sitting for extended periods of time. Who wants all those problems when they can be avoided?
You may be thinking, “You’re telling me I need to exercise more than 30 minutes a day? I can’t even find ten minutes to exercise.” No worries. Forget spending precious time going to a gym – or even to another room in your home. We’re here to help you get some of the exercises you need to protect your health with five easy and fun exercises you can do right by your MojoDesk standing desk.
What are some exercises I can do at my Standing Desk?
Calf Raises: Let’s admit it – everyone likes well-defined calves. To get them, simply raise your heels a few inches off the ground and hold for a few seconds. Then slowly lower your heels back down flat on the ground. You may need to hold onto your desk for balance but this is a simple exercise you can do while standing at your MojoDesk.
Shoulder Stretch: Release tension and reduce back pain by stretching one arm across your chest, grabbing your opposite shoulder while bringing your other arm under and in front of it. Pull your arms close to your chest and hold for a few seconds. Reverse the stretch and repeat.
Hamstring Curls: While standing at your Mojo Desk standing desk, bring one foot up to your backside, and then lower it. Repeat 10-15 reps, and switch legs. This stretch strengthens hamstrings, which are prone to cramping when sitting for too long.
Chair Dips: This exercise will build your triceps. Begin by sitting on the edge of your chair with your legs out in front of you. Place your hands on your hips and grab the edge of the seat. Lower yourself down and back up again. Start with 5 to 10 reps. Challenge yourself with more reps as your arms become stronger.
Abdominal Curls: This simple exercise allows you to target your abs while simultaneously on a conference call! Sit up tall with arms crossed over your chest. Squeeze your abs tight and curl your chest down toward your hips. Hold for a few seconds. Return to an upright position and repeat.
A MojoDesk standing desk gives you ample space to make exercise part of your daily routine.