JLA agent Danny Lee is against bums on seats…
Working at a speaker bureau I’m often trying to find new ways to avoid obesity, type-2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death. This may well be something those beyond the speaker bureau world do too, but I can only talk from my experiences here, at JLA.
The chances are you’re reading this now whilst sat down. Should you be horrified at your sedentary, listless life, or should you have another Krispy Kreme and go for a nap? I’m not one for fear mongering, even though WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE, but I think we could be doing more to improve our lifestyles. When the robots arrive to do our bidding then we can all live a life of wondrous leisure, frolicking merrily, burning calories as we go*. Until then we should probably think about a way to remain active within the confines of our offices.
I don’t like to throw the term revolution about willy-nilly, but I think we’re on the cusp of a standing revolution. At JLA we’ve recently purchased standing desks for everyone that wanted one. Everybody opted in apart from a couple of obdurate exceptions. We are the 1% though. 99% of workers in Britain don’t have access to adjustable desks. Over in enlightened Scandinavia 90% have one. We need to be more Scandi.
I’ve heard lots of facts thrown around – standing at work is the equivalent to 10 marathons a year, for example. I may have come up with that one, so I’m not sure if it’s true, but the fact of the matter is that numerous studies have all concluded that sitting for long periods is detrimental to our long-term health. I’ve also read that standing for long periods of time in a stationary posture may be harmful too, but let’s ignore that for now. This isn’t a balanced blog; it’s speaker bureau funded standing propaganda.
We shouldn’t just be scared into standing – there are instant benefits too. Focus on the fact that standing whilst working can help you, well, focus. I find that sifting through my inbox is done much more efficiently whilst stood up. Making a call is easier too. You instantly feel much more alert and able to get your message across. Another beauty of standing is that you can then sit down and really enjoy it. It’s lovely to stand working for an hour and then reward yourself with a cup of tea whilst sat down. Maybe take your cup of tea to another part of the office where you aren’t facing a computer screen. It’s win win win!
Finally, I’d like to remind readers that other JLA blogs are full of content you may find more relevant to what we actually do here at a speaker bureau. Goodbye.
*unless robots achieve consciousness and enslave us all.