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Is Sitting At Work Killing Your Progress in the Gym?

 

Hey there fitness addict,

I applaud your dedication to your physical fitness! You eat right. You take your supplements. You workout. And it’s hard finding an entire hour out of each day – especially when that hour is spent punishing yourself with burpees, barbell lifts, sprints, and dreadful HIIT workouts.

But what if I told you that despite your healthy habits and avid devotion to your daily workout regimen, you’re still living a sedentary lifestyle? If you’re the average American worker, you probably spend 13 to 14 hours a day in a seated position. This is a sedentary lifestyle. And yes, it's terrible for your health.

And by now I’m sure you know the risks of sitting all day. You've probably heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” And a ton of new research continues to support this. Excessive sitting can lead to a multitude of problems, not the least of which include a significantly increased risk of chronic disease (Diabetes, Heart disease, Cancer, etc.), reduced metabolic function, anxiety & depression, and more. What's really alarming is that working out each day isn't enough to counteract these risks.

If you're lifting regularly, it gets even worse.

As an athlete, you have an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury. You're asking your body to do more than the average person. And this is a great thing! However, sitting 8+ hours a day on top of that kills your ability to perform the natural lifting movements properly. Lifting injuries typically don't occur because the lifts are inherently dangerous. Injuries occur because your body's mobility and capacity to perform the lifts has been compromised.

And nothing compromises your body's natural ability like sitting all day.

Let's take a look at some of the specific problems that can result from sitting:
  • Tight hip flexors
  • Tight psoas
  • Locked pelvis and misaligned hips
  • Anterior pelvic tilt
  • Back pain
  • Neck issues caused by forward head tilt
  • Tight shoulders
  • Tight Thoracic spine
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Inactive glutes
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Degeneration of joint tissue

If you've ever suffered an injury that keeps you from your daily workout, you know how disappointing it can be. Months of progress and dedication in the gym can be wiped away while you heal. It's the ultimate gains killer.

So we now understand the risks of sitting too much, but what can you do?

Let's get down to brass tacks: you need to sit less while you work. And the best way to do this is with a sit stand desk converter.

The value of the sit stand desk converters are undeniable. They help you reduce your daily sitting time dramatically. It will help you burn calories, gain energy, feel better, be more productive, think clearly, stay focused and avoid injuries.

But if you've ever considered a sit stand desk converter before, you know how expensive they can be.

The most common models cost $300+ and you can easily spend over $1,000. It's insane.

And if you search for something more affordable, you're stuck looking at a variety of confusing products, many of which are not ergonomically sound.

That's where we come in. We created a guide that compares the different types of standing desk converters and explains the benefits of each.

Included in the guide is our own standing desk converter, the Ghostand. It's a new portable, ergonomic standing desk converter made entirely of cardboard. Yes, lightweigh, strong, industrial cardboard! Check out the guide and see how it compares to other options on the market.

I strongly encourage you to stand more and try a standing desk converter. You'll realize the benefits both at the gym and at the office. Click below to download our guide to help you in your decision.

 

With Strength,

Alex S.

mountain biker, weight lifter, surfer kook, backpacker, road cyclist, and founder of Ghostand.co