Check your posture

Check your posture – it’ll make you more productive

There’s tons of stuff on the go at the moment about how dangerous sitting for hours upon hours is.  Some articles have even coined ideas such as “sitting is the new smoking”.  I’m not qualified to comment on the extent of damage that sitting regularly for prologued periods does or might do, but I read an article recently had a huge impact on my own habits.

The article was written by a guy called Andy Ramage and was published on LinkedIn.  You can find the article here.  While some of Andy’s life changes are outside of my reasonable expectations for myself right now [don’t forget that I live in the country of wine ;)] his standing desk really struck a chord. 

Thanks to this article I decided to give a standing desk a go for 90 days and see what it does for my energy and productivity.  Confession: At the time of writing this post, I’m sitting, but I’ve restricted my sitting time to 25% of my working day.  It was well over 90% before so the shift is pretty significant.  I’ll keep you posted on the benefits 😉

Even if you don’t want to make the move to a standing desk, do make sure that your tools of the trade aren’t damaging you by messing with what your body needs to be doing.  And of course breathe!