Why should you UnSit ? A lot of reasons. Let’s start with your Health. The detrimental effects of sitting are well documented. Research shows that walking at work is the best way to undo those negative changes. Time. The competition for our time is at an all time high whether it’s work, family, your health or your favorite apps. It seems there is simply not enough time in the day. Studies show that a trip to the gym won’t undo the damage done by sitting all day but taking 10,000 steps at work will prevent that damage in the first place. Skip the gym after work and you just gained several hours a week. Creativity/Productivity. A recent study conducted at Stanford University found that people are 60% more creative while walking. And we’ve experienced that in real life: ever been stuck on a problem then solved it while on a walk? Something magical happens when we start walking. It’s like we’re freeing up our brains to really think.
Since we launched UnSit we have been gathering news articles and reports of scientific studies that document the ill health effects of prolonged sitting and validate the benefits of walking. There is so much information we divided up this page into five categories: Health - Productivity - Creativity - Our Blogs and Videos, see the filter buttons below. Check back from time to time and see what’s new and let us know if you see something that should be included on this page.
One of the best explanations of why you should UnSit your life is Dr. James Levine’s book GetUP. We consider GetUp to be the founding document of the UnSit movement. This book is a well researched, inspiring book and you can buy it on our SHOP page.
"Researchers found the foot’s impact on the ground during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly increase the supply of blood to the brain. Greater impact was shown through running, but the study saw a significant enough increase of blood flow for a better-working brain and boost to overall well-being simply by walking."
"You probably know that walking does your body good, but it's not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers found that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.
"A new report shows the typical office worker spends longer sitting each day than a typical retiree. The new report into the typical lifestyle of an office worker highlights why many people are at risk of developing obesity, or are already obese. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behavior. A desk-bound job requires little in the way of physical activity."
"Sometimes science jibes with ancient wisdom on simple but deceptively powerful things. Case in point: walking. A wealth of research bolsters the Zen of putting one foot in front of the other, with stronger science than any supplement marketer or brain trainer could hope for. Walking is potent mood medicine that enhances thinking, sharpens memory and safeguards brain health."
"Conclusion: These findings suggest that executive function performance remains relatively unaffected while walking on an active workstation, further supporting the use of treadmill workstations as an effective approach to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary time in the workplace.
by Lauren Chaunt, clinical social worker
Recently, I tried out a standing desk at my job. I work in a hospital assessing patients. There’s a large part of my day where I’m typing up notes based on those assessments with these patients. The setting is a unit with a short duration of stay. Thus, intake paper work needs to be completed promptly, in addition to documenting ongoing assessments & recommendations from the team with regards to treatment, as well as discharge planning. All of which require a substantial chunk of time documenting at a desk.
Although I was getting through the day sitting at “my standard desk” I often felt fatigued despite of the surplus amounts of coffee I was chugging on a fairly-consistent basis. This fatigue had even worsened following lunch as some of my coworkers similarly experienced as well, referring to this perceived experience as the “lunch coma.”
As a result of these factors, along with my own genuine curiosity, I had the urge to try out one of the standing desks my unit had available for use. These standing desks greatly resembled the other desks in the unit, however were highly raised and clearly, no seat was present. They were adjustable based on the individual’s height and preference with regards to keyboard accessibility.
For the rest of the week, I would utilize this standing desk. I had nothing to lose (other than, quite literally my seat). But hopefully a whole lot to gain!
I began using the standing desk in the morning, leading up to lunch, as well as in the afternoon following the typical lunch “coma” I had previously noted. The only times I allowed myself to sit throughout the day was during our team meeting, meeting with patients, as well as during a brief lunch.
What I noticed:
The most noteworthy difference I felt initially was a lack of fatigue in the afternoon following lunch. I did not feel tired, nor did I have the desire to take a quick nap or gulp more coffee.
Rather, I had energy. I even felt relatively revived throughout the remainder of the work day.
Due to these benefits, I decided to continue to “keep standing” quite literally and utilize this creation for the upcoming weeks.
As time progressed, I experienced even more benefits from this seemingly simple change.
My mood improved.
Not only did I feel as though I had this consistent and gradual energy that aided in my concentration throughout the work day, as well as in my productivity to show for it- I felt as though my mood was rather more euphoric.
Standing as opposed to sitting can greatly improve your physical and metabolic health- all of which can have a direct impact on your body and mind, as well as your mental health.
by Dan Scalco
“Why would someone ever walk and work at the same time?” That’s the question I asked myself a year ago when I was first introduced to treadmill desks. They seemed like a gimmick.
Fast forward to today and almost all of my most productive and creative days involve working while on a treadmill desk. I’ve been using a treadmill desk to write emails, plan projects, and even take calls.
1. It gives me a boost.
I’ve always dealt with brain fog, focus, and productivity issues. Some days my brain feels like working, others it doesn’t. This is one of the main reasons I started BrainWiz.org, a blog that explores how to focus. In my research for this blog, I found that one of the best ways to give yourself a boost during the day is to exercise. While intermittent pushups gave me a little extra energy, it was only when I started walking on a treadmill desk that my energy, focus, and productivity levels skyrocketed.
2. It makes me more creative.
When it comes to writing and marketing, creativity is key. I can easily to get into a rut or be overcome with “writers block” and not see a way out. When I feel that I am creatively drained, I always hop on my treadmill desk. The simple act of walking to clear my head seems to get the creative juices flowing again. What’s more is that some of the world's most creative people (such as Steve Jobs) used walking as a tool to increase his creativity too.
3. It relieved my back pain.
Sitting for upwards of twelve hours per day can do a number on your back. I learned this the hard way. A few years ago I started to feel a constant lower back pain from sitting and not getting proper exercise during the day. It was only after putting in time on my treadmill desk that the pain started to fade away. Today, I have zero back issues and I credit it to my treadmill desk.