The UnSit Desk
Designed for the Office
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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.
"It's been said that "sitting is the new smoking" -- and an increasing number of office workers are quitting cold turkey. Swapping your chair for a treadmill desk can rev up activity levels and counteract the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle.
"An hour's "brisk exercise" each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. Being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. It has been linked to 5.3 million deaths globally a year - compared with 5.1 million linked to smoking."
"Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking."
This image shows that after a 20-minute walk there is increased brain activity and the particular type of activity is generally associated with happiness. It is a useful reminder of the interconnectedness of the mind and body. It is also a good reminder that by exercising our bodies, we also reinvigorate our brains.
"A new study finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. Preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks."
"Since sitting all day is slowly killing us, office workers are now turning to standing desks. But why just stand when you can walk, ask proponents of the even more ridiculous treadmill desks? Walking while at work is even healthier than standing still. But can you actually work while walking? Or will the office turn into a nice stroll where no work gets done?"
"Steve Jobs was famous in the area for his long walks, which he used for exercise, contemplation, problem solving, and even meetings.
And Jobs was not alone. Through history the best minds have found that walking, whether a quick five minute jaunt, or a long four hour trek, has helped them compose, write, paint, and create."