"There’s no question that eating a balanced diet and regular exercise are good for you, but from a weight-management perspective, increasing your resting metabolic rate may be the more effective strategy for losing weight and maintaining that lost weight."
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.
"Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study."
Our co-founder Rob Jacobs speaks about working while walking, and how moving while you think benefits your creativity and enhances your productivity. For this podcast he walked through the interview, discussing features and benefits of the WALK-1 treadmill. Listen right here on our site, or click through to SoundCloud to download the episode for later.
Here's a log of the podcast, if you want to skip ahead to certain sections:
- 1:09 — Professional backgrounds of Rob & Paul, the founders of UnSit
- 1:39 — Sitting is the New Smoking: “People are sitting too much and too long.”
- 5:57 — WALK-1’s mobile app, integrated with Apple’s health app and FitBit
- 9:29 — Examining overall benefits of walking while working — why walk and work?
- 11:55 — Discussing the medical perspective on prolonged sitting
- 13:48 — Discussing the creative spark that occurs while walking
- 14:45 — Scientific and medical discoveries that inspire and support UnSit’s mission
- 16:45 — How the WALK-1 be used in a work environment
- 19: 03 — The direction and future of working in motion
As Rob discusses in the podcast, when faced with a problem, most of us go for a walk. This is just as true for philosophers and inventors as it is for parents of teenagers. Something magical happens when we start walking. It’s like we’re freeing up our brains to really think. A Stanford study has confirmed that creativity increased 60% when subjects were walking on a treadmill. So the key was to create a treadmill that was designed for thinking. The answer, say the founders of UnSit, is the WALK-1.
"In a new statement, the American Heart Association warns that exercise doesn’t seem to undo the health effects of excessive sitting."
"Texas A&M researchers found that workers who could stand at their desks were 46% more productive than those with traditional seated desks."
"Voilà, the treadmill desk. I’m not sure where or how I first heard about the contraption, but I found out that several people I knew had one. In fact, I learned that two of my Fitbit friends whose step counts were astronomical were working at treadmill desks, so suddenly those numbers made sense. Multitasking! Still, I dithered; I had seen so many treadmills at garage sales, barely broken in. Would I be adding another? This seemed different, though. A treadmill at my desk wouldn’t require time set aside to use it, because it would be part of my everyday life."
"Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely, while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect."
"Within four to six months, workers had become accustomed to their new routines and the three performance metrics that Ben-Ner measured, quality of work, quantity of work and the quality of exchanges with colleagues, all steadily improved, according to a weekly survey the workers filled out."