It is well documented that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. Global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day. James Levine, MD, PhD explains, “Our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”
To combat this “sitting disease” thousands of people have installed stand up desks to get out of their chairs and onto their feet. However, most people have trouble standing for extended periods of time. Standing can cause sore backs, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Accessories, such as the Steppie balance board and anti-fatigue mats, are the perfect complement to a standing desk. Increasing the amount of time you stand while working reduces your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, back pain, shoulder and neck pains, and fatigue.
Steppie Balance Board
The Steppie Balance Board provides a fun and healthy way to stand at work. Designed to rock side-to-side, providing a simple, low-impact, and subconscious movement, Steppie engages stabilizing muscles throughout your lower body, back, and core. More than 200 bones and more than 600 muscles enable our bodies to move. The body was made to move, not stand stagnant or sit for hours on end. With the light and constant movement, you’ll avoid fatigue and swelling of your feet and legs, blood flow will increase in your entire body, you’ll exercise leg and back muscles, maintain a good posture, improve your balance, and burn off 3-4 times more calories than when sitting down. Not only does Steppie provide multiple health benefits, but it also increases focus, attention and overall productivity to ensure more success at work.
Standing for long periods of time on hard floors has a negative impact on one’s body. Leg muscles become static and constricted as they work to keep your body in an upright position. It can also lead to restlessness, sore joints and muscles, and more. Anti-fatigue mats help muscles subtly adjust to the flexibility of the mat, increase blood flow and the amount of oxygen reaching the heart, and reduce fatigue. They offer some of the same benefits of the Steppie balance board, but it also has some setbacks. When using an anti-fatigue mat your body is still standing in a static posture causing your ankles and knees to be locked in place. This will force you to start leaning on one leg to ease the pain, throwing your body out of alignment.
Overall, both accessories enhance the use of your standing desk or sit-stand workstation by providing health benefits. When comparing the two, though, you’ll find that the Steppie Balance Board offers a larger quantity and wider variety of benefits, the most important being movement.