Do you sit for hours at your computer?

@Auntylou (4351)
Oxford, England
February 9, 2016 7:02pm CST
If like me you enjoy spending time online, or you need it for your work you may end up doing a lot of sitting. Which, as we are being told makes us more likely to be unhealthy and to die prematurely. A good way out ? Find a sturdy box, or fill a flimsy one with books or cans and put your computer on top of it so you achieve a kind of desk at which you can stand. Studies have shown that well being and efficiency have improved where staff are given standing desks. What do you think? Is it worth a try?
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• Preston, England
10 Feb 16
my main computer is by my bed so I can sit up or lie down to use it
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
My internet does not reach my bedroom at present so i have no lying down option!
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• Preston, England
10 Feb 16
@Auntylou my room is very small so few other options
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@JudyEv (108320)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb 16
@arthurchappell My back doesn't like me using a computer in bed.
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@just4him (99918)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb 16
I've been seeing a commercial a lot lately for the varidesk. It allows a person to sit or stand and do their work. You can find out more information about it at varidesk.com. I haven't looked it up yet, but it does sound intriguing. I know all this sitting isn't good for me or anyone for that matter.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
I might look at this too . thanks, Valerie
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• United States
13 Feb 16
I have looked a bit at these types of variable height desks and they are wonderful--but a bit pricey--I am thinking that IKea either has or will come out with a less expensive version soon
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@paigea (21336)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
I looked and saw they were expensive too. I am sure I can figure out a "free" one if I look around the house enough!
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• United States
10 Feb 16
I have seen chairs and the such where people can sit at their desk and exercise their legs. I imagine this helps somewhat. I try to get up and walk around for a few minutes between tasks. I do part of my "dailies" in the kitchen and am able to get up and walk around there for a few minutes each hour.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
You are doing all the right things. If I have to sit I try to do my physiotherapy leg exercises while there
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• United States
10 Feb 16
@Auntylou Though I must admit atleast once or twice per night it is for a snack! (the reason I get up). We were not meant to be sedentary and yet technology has allowed us to become more and more so. I wonder what the evolution of the human body will be like in 100 years with so many sitting down more than standing up now.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum You are very honest! I doubt whether we will change much in that time
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@Shiva49 (10806)
• Singapore
10 Feb 16
I take a break every half hour or so and do physical work - and that has served me well - siva
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
Excellent. I try to break up my day too
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@Asylum (48355)
• Manchester, England
10 Feb 16
Standing for long periods can be more damaging than sitting and result in varicose veins.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
I think it should be a bit of each!
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
I got those veins already, it is a family weakness
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@Asylum (48355)
• Manchester, England
10 Feb 16
@Auntylou It is also a very undesirable condition and one worth trying to avoid.
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@jaboUK (51766)
• United Kingdom
10 Feb 16
Not for me it isn't - I hate standing.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
I can't stand too long either as I have dreadful ankles, but I have to avoid being too sedentary
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• Midland, Michigan
12 Feb 16
@Auntylou Go around the block if you have one, every few hours, or back and forth in front of your flat or whatever. Walk around your room, dance, whatever, that may help more than standing at a desk.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
12 Feb 16
@MarshaMusselman yes indeed . Just standing can be tiring. I do tend to wander around and dance if i am happy!
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@Corbin5 (89216)
• United States
10 Feb 16
I read that sitting tops smoking in the unhealthy category. My husband sits at the computer more than I do. I am too antsy to sit for too long. It is best to stand or get up every 10 minutes and walk around. We are a nation of sitters for sure.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
I think we are a developed world of sitters!
@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
12 Feb 16
@Corbin, when I used to stay with my parents, I couldn't sit still with them watching tv. I would do exercises and get up and move around, I guess you could say I was antsy too!
@1hopefulman (22676)
• Canada
13 Feb 16
I think that is a brilliant idea! The chairs all seem to be very poorly designed and I think we do way too much sitting. I am going to redesign where my computer sits. I will let my computer sit while I stand.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
13 Feb 16
Well done@1hopefulman, I am standing as I write this !
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@Hatley (164054)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Feb 16
not for me I have to use a walker to w alk and just standing kills my right k nee but I do g et up and walk around the room
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
Glad you manage to keep moving about. Hope the knee isn't too sore
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@kamel622 (317)
• United States
10 Feb 16
I sit on my bed and spend way too much time on my laptop but I also wear a fitbit so that I can see how many steps I am getting (or not getting)...that motivates me to get up and move.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
I think that should give you good feedback
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@Telynor (1153)
• United States
10 Feb 16
I spend far too much time huddled over my computer. It doesn't help that I have a really comfortable chair as well.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
My kitchen chair is not so comfortable so I don't have that temptation
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@rosekiss (30079)
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Feb 16
I am using a laptop which is on a laptop stand, and it is next to my easy chair. I don't sit at it all day long, as I have other things to do as well, as being here, so I do get up and walk around to get some exercize, and I also will take a walk outside too. When I take brekss, nost of the time, I will get up, so that I can strtch my legs, as I do need to do that from time to time.
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@marguicha (84108)
• Chile
10 Feb 16
I would not be at the computer sdo much if I had to do it while standing. My back does not like that position
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@LadyDuck (131375)
• Switzerland
10 Feb 16
Not for me, I suffer of backache if I stand and it's proven from long time that standing causes varicose veins.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I dare say you are good at stretching and moving while you are at a desk
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@LadyDuck (131375)
• Switzerland
10 Feb 16
@Auntylou I do not stay at my desk too many hours, because I have always to do something around the house and I have stairs to climb back and forth from one floor to another.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
@LadyDuck All this movement is good for you. There are times when I wish I had fewer stairs, but they help keep me fit!
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• United Kingdom
10 Feb 16
I hardly think putting a computer somewhere else when it is still in front of you is going to improve efficiency and health. Better if you add a pedal machine for your feet to work out and "peddle" whilst you type. Not that I have tried it since I have a computer trolley with no space underneath.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
10 Feb 16
@crystalvisions If you try standing , you find you move around a bit more and moving away from the computer easier.
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 16
@Auntylou Its a good thought but I find it healthier to sit at a computer and with my back straight rather than hunched over. Having a smartphone and tablet seems to make me look down all the time which is possibly worse for my health than staring at a computer screen a few good inches away and sitting in a traditional chair in tandem.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
@crystalvisions You may well be right. I don't have the best chair. if I had more room I would get an exercise bike and use that at the same time !
@dodo19 (29401)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
10 Feb 16
It certainly a good thing to stand for certain amounts of time. I try to balance both. Although with three kids, I do my fair share of standing.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
Looking after the family is good exercise , as children keep you active all right!
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@dodo19 (29401)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Feb 16
@Auntylou it sure does. I don't really need to go very far to get exercise. Not with three kids at home.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
12 Feb 16
@dodo19 What fun you must have sometimes! Soon they will be at school and life will change again!
@Platespinner (19247)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
10 Feb 16
I spend a lot of time sitting at my computer, but it's usually only for a few minutes at a time and then I'm off to take care of something else. I currently seem to be doing a lot of running up and down the stairs...
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
While you are still able to run upstairs, you are doing fine!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Feb 16
@Auntylou More often then not I regret running...
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
12 Feb 16
@Platespinner But you can still do it!
@Marty1 (30267)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 Feb 16
@auntylou I spend too many hours in front of the computer. I think your idea of the desk is a good idea and certainly worth a try. I am learning to stop and read a bit after a few hours. I am not one for standing as do enough of it and drive my mom crazy because I stand on my feet not realizing I am rocking back and forth on my feet. I honestly think i spend equal hours on the computer and standing.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
14 Feb 16
It is probably good to rock on your feet. It is mild exercise and should keep your feet supple!
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@Marty1 (30267)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 Feb 16
@Auntylou It's good exercise, but I don't even realize I am doing it. I think it is because I have so much energy until I take my night time medications which are sedatives and antidepressants. That really had an adverse effect me on Saturday evening and my mom with the way I was acting I had to go to bed I was just keeping myself up when I should be in bed. I am going to take them tonight right before I crawl into bed!.
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@LeaPea2417 (17016)
• Toccoa, Georgia
10 Feb 16
It is a good idea. I try to get up on occasions and walk around and stretch when I have sat too long at the computer.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
At times I get too engrossed and then find I have been on for hours and am stiff
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@LeaPea2417 (17016)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Feb 16
@Auntylou Yes, that is what happens to me too.
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@allknowing (58068)
• India
10 Feb 16
I do spend time at the computer but keep getting up doing other chores around.
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@Auntylou (4351)
• Oxford, England
11 Feb 16
A bit of variety stops the rot setting in !
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@allknowing (58068)
• India
12 Feb 16
@Auntylou It also helps our back as sitting for long hours is not advisable.
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