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HEALTH & WELLBEING: SIT STAND HOW TO STAY YOUNG Episode 3: 3: 27th September The Science Unit “How to Stay Young? Get a Standing Desk!” 40 Using a Yo-Yo Desk ® from Sit-Stand.Com ® helped an ex-policeman shed 13 YEARS off his body age in BBC’s How to Stay Young experiment. STAND UP FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE. One of the biggest take-aways from September’s How to Stay Young (BBC1, episode 3, 27/9/2017) was the importance of keeping moving throughout your working day. The benefits of using a Yo-Yo Desk ® from Sit-Stand.Com ® were clear. As presenter Dr Chris van Tulleken said: “If you want to stay young, sitting less and standing more is one of the easiest things you can do.” He introduced obese ex-policeman Rich Jones to the Yo-Yo-Desk ® , encouraged him to use it in 20-minute blocks throughout the working day, and saw him lose 11 KILOS in body fat, drop 13 YEARS off his body age, and increase his activity levels from 53 to 338 minutes a day. “This national epidemic of sitting down is literally killing us,” Dr Chris explained. “In standing up you have to make little adjustments to your body the whole time, your bones are bearing weight and it’s stressing your body in a very positive way.” Using the Yo-Yo Desk ® from Sit-Stand.Com ® , guinea pig Rich increased his calorie burn by 120 per day or 30,000 calories a year: the equivalent of running 10 marathons. But it’s not all about the calorie burn. A major benefit of using a standing desk and alternating between sitting and standing during your working day is that standing up activates muscles in your legs, back and feet. It improves your core strength, boosts energy, motivation & creativity, and that improves your mental health too. HSE INTERNATIONAL It reduces your blood pressure & your risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes & certain cancers. Proof that the Yo-Yo-Desk ® is an instant way to reduce the ageing effects of sitting all day long. Protecting the health of workers is a legal requirement, and employees are increasingly demanding measures that will keep them fit & healthy into later life. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be costly - and active working can bring valuable improvements in productivity & staff retention. Sit-Stand.Com ® , Europe’s No 1 supplier of active working solutions, tells us how: Combating Sick Office Syndrome How often do people in your workplace complain of back pain, aching shoulders, feelings of fatigue? So-called sick office syndrome is among the most common causes of employee ill-health, and even if it doesn’t lead to absenteeism, it has an undeniable effect on morale, motivation and staff retention. The great news is, it doesn’t have to challenge your budget. Provided you select the right model, standing desks are among the easiest and most cost-effective ways of bringing immediate improvements to your workforce’s physical and mental health. Indeed, even Public Health England now advises companies to incorporate sit-stand desks as a priority health and wellbeing measure. Public Health England Recommended PHE chief executive Philip Selbie says, “We want to see every business take a custom-made approach to employee health by looking at what staff need. We encourage employers to create dynamic environments, workplaces where people can be more active, move more and change positions, with things like standing desks.” Even if you are nervous about bringing in sit-stand desks for every workstation, providing them for a small number of key workers initially is a popular way of testing the water. Some workplaces lend themselves better to setting up small banks of adjustable ‘hotdesking’ areas. They enable employees to spend portions of their day working from a standing position while giving them a break from their usual work spot: perfect for going through documents, developing creative projects or re-focusing after an intensive period of screen work. HEALTH & WELLBEING: SIT STAND HOW TO STAY YOUNG Episode 3: 3: Episode 27th September September 27th The Science Unit “How to Stay Young? Get a Standing Desk!” Desk ® Sit-Stand.Com ® Using a Yo-Yo from helped an ex-policeman shed 13 YEARS off his body age in BBC’s How to Stay Young experiment. STAND UP FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE. One of the biggest take-aways from September’s How to Stay Young (BBC1, episode 3, 27/9/2017) was the importance of keeping moving throughout your working day. The benefits of using a Yo-Yo Desk ® from Sit-Stand.Com ® were clear. 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