Exercise while Working:
Can We Make Standing Even Better?
Ergonomic experts have long recognized that, "your best position is your next position".
— Doctor of physical therapy, Kelly Starrett
"It’s less about moving more, and more about moving more of you."
- Katy Bowman
Katy Bowman, author of "Move your DNA: Restore your Health Through Natural Movement," states that we should "exercise less, and move more." She says that "the problem is that most people fail to consider that their workouts are bookended by hours upon hours of sedentary behavior." But can you really exercise while working?
According to Katy, repetitive positioning is a related problem, such as sitting (or standing) in the same habitual positions is a key problem. "You don’t have to be still in the same way." So, sitting differently, when you sit, and standing differently, when you stand, is key to "moving more of you."
Enter The Wurf Board
The key to minimizing the negatives of prolonged sitting at work while maximizing the benefits of standing during work centers on engaging in regular "movement" while standing in place rather than exercise while working. How can one move more while standing still? The crucial issue is how one moves when standing in place. The body’s lymph system is a toxin removal system that needs movement to work. In addition, blood flow to the muscles can be inhibited by static standing or sitting. But, even very small or micro movements can provide sufficient biological "movement" to allow these key body functions to operate. Flexing muscles during even small, tiny movements provide the pumping action for the blood to flow and the lymph system to work. The result is less fatigue and less posture related pains and more energy; even during the dreaded post lunch slump.
The Wurf Board is unique as a standing anti-fatigue mat because it encourages constant micro movements by the standing user; virtually exercising while working. So, while a person is standing "still" in one place while working at a standing desk, they are not biologically still in terms of blood flow and lymph function. The results are startling.
Where one may stand comfortably for one hour on a typical compressive anti-fatigue mat, that same individual can stand for many hours on a Wurf board. The reason is that a user continues to make micro movements on the Wurf Board while also standing relatively still and focused on their work. These often unconscious movements’ keeps blood flow and lymph function going without the distraction of active exercise. This result falls right in line with Katy Bowman’s theory of constant movement offsetting the problem of repetitive positioning. With the Wurf Board, one is never "still in the same way" as Katy would say.
"The small constant movements are the key to the Wurf Board’s ability to allow users to stand comfortably and productively for a far longer time span than possible with typical anti-fatigue mats" says Jeb Burns, MAATC CSCS
Jeb is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Athletic Trainer, well versed in the benefits of exercise while working. But, when he stands in one place to work, whether at a standing desk with his computer or elsewhere, he takes his Wurf Board with him.
"The Wurf Board allows me to be stationed in one place without being static," states Jeb, "and that has made all the difference while standing at my computer."
So, forget counting calories and start counting the benefits of standing at work. Reduce the severe health risks of prolonged sitting and move more during the day, and see the same results these workers experienced:
I love the energy that my standing desk gives me but I hate how my legs and joints start hurting. The Wurf Board has allowed me to have my cake and eat it too. Now I can stand for several hours at a time and bounce through the day.
- Kerianne Leffew, Director - Innovation Pavilion
As an attorney who spends hours a day on my computer, the Wurf Board improves my posture, allows me to stand longer and exercise my legs
- Lionel M. Allan, Mayor, City of Monte Sereno
In addition to working at my standing desk for quite a bit longer than I normally would, the Wurf Board also raised my height a bit. This felt really comfortable, which was surprising to me, as my standing desk is customized specifically for my height.
I also liked that you can easily put the board away without deflating it. It's not heavy as all, and I was able to slide it between the wall and some filing cabinets. My office is small and I can't stand clutter, so this was an important characteristic for me.
-Allena Tapia, About.com
The Wurf Board is the best new way to move more while standing still and still be productive.
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