Standing Desks

Reasons to use a Standing Desk at Work

By now most people are well aware of the harmful effects that sitting too much and the long term damage that will have on your physical health, such as increased risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancer, along with chronic back pain and diabetes. However, research reveals that excessive sitting may also have significant consequences for your mental health.

A recent study conducted by the University of Toronto discovered that employees who sat for more than six hours per day experienced increased rates of anxiety and depression compared to colleagues who did not spend as much time in their seat.

The Canadian study analyzed data collected from a sample of 2654 provincial government employees as part of a larger health program. Participants completed a short psychological assessment to measure symptoms of anxiety and depression over the previous four weeks. They were also asked to report their levels of physical activity, leisure-time activity, and overall satisfaction in the workplace.

Analyzing the data, the research team found a significant correlation between mental health distress levels and daily time spent sitting. Participants who sat for over six hours a day reported higher rates of moderate anxiety and depression compared to those who spend less than three hours per day sitting. They also found differences in levels of psychological distress by gender, with women reporting more symptoms of anxiety and depression than men.

As in other studies of the effects of sitting for extended periods of time, the study found that going to the gym on a regular basis did not counteract the effects of sitting on the participants’ mental health. The employees who spent the majority of their day sitting reported higher rates of anxiety and depression than those who sat for three hours or less regardless of whether they worked out or not.

Simon Baldkirk, leader of the study, observed that, “individuals may be meeting recommended levels of health-promoting physical activity, yet their physical and mental health may remain at risk if they are also sedentary for prolonged periods.”

Ultimately, exercise cannot save you from the physical or psychological effects of sitting too much. In order to prevent or reverse the negative mental health consequences of a sedentary workplace, you have to incorporate more standing with a standing desk into your day through the use of a sit-stand desk, a treadmill desk, or even a desk bike.

Standing Desks

Use a standing desk to lower risk of heart disease

It’s my opinion that people sit too much, we watch TV, we work and play on the computer, we sit driving to and from work. It seems like we have to try pretty hard to get any kind of physical activity these days.
Sitting all day in the same position puts you at huge levels of health risk. To combat this you can use a standing desk. SO how much better is standing vs sitting?
Let’s find out…
Let’s take a moment to consider the many health benefits of standing. We can begin by looking at a couple of recent Studies.

  1. Standing reduces risk of weight gain.
    While standing your body is better able to burn more calories when you are standing vs sitting. A sedentary lifestyle, where you are spend most of your time sitting, invariably leads to weight gain and obesity.
    A recent study published by the University of Calgary reveals that standing for at least six hours throughout the day significantly decreases the probability of obesity in both men and women.
    The study used three measures to assess over 7,000 adults: body mass index, body fat percentage, and waist circumference. The researchers found that men who stood up for at least six hours per day had a 59% reduced likelihood of obesity. For women, standing for at least six hours a day was linked to 35% reduced chance of obesity.
  2. Standing vs sitting lowers risk of heart disease.
    Choosing to stand rather than sit lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, and keeps weight off—all of which decreases your risk for heart disease.
    Researchers in Canada found that standing desks can help increase your “good” cholesterol and decrease your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels if used for at least two hours per day. Standing and working at a sit desk desk just a couple hours a day can make that 2% difference to your cholesterol levels. A 2% lower average fasting blood sugar level in both men and women, and an 11% lower average level of triglycerides.
    Standing for the extra time was also shown to improve HDL cholesterol by 0.06 mmol/L and lower LDL cholesterol by 6%. In fact, every two hours that is spent sitting each day was associated with increased weight and waist size and increased levels of blood sugar and bad cholesterol.
    Not surprisingly, time spent walking instead of sitting had a reverse effect. However, simply substituting two hours of standing for sitting improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
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Blackberry Cell Phones – What You Need To Know

Blackberry Priv Cell Phone Review

The Blackberry Priv cell phone should be considered one of 2016’s best new phones. Anyone who is looking at smart phones will notice this models very precise touchscreen, as well as it’s new keyboard. The new keyboard features look amazing with many features that will keep even the most demanding customers happy. This review may help you make up your mind if you are wondering whether or not to purchase the new Priv. If you want to check out the phone in person for a demo visit a local authorized cell phone dealer for more information.

Long gone are the days where cell phones were merely communication devices; today’s smart phones are much more than a communication device. One of the best features on this smart phone is the media player that let you enjoy audio and videos from your phone any time that you want. This is possible because the Blackberry Media Syn can connect to Windows media or iTunes to access your digital media. You can listen to mp3s with Bluetooth headphones or connect your phone to speakers if you want to share the sound. Connecting wirelessly, the Blackberry Gateway is your ticket to the audio coming directly out of your stereo.

Saskatoon BlackBerry PRIV Dealer ReviewThe latest Blackberry devices, including the Blackberry Priv, come equipped with advanced GPS capabilities to help you navigate, whether you’re driving or walking. Whenever you need to get directions, you just pull up Blackberry Maps and it will show you the best route. You’ll be able to pull up data from the internet in case you need to find the nearest hotel, flower shop, pizza place or whatever you may be looking for. It’s also possible to create your personalized list of locations so you can easily find them later on.

In case you need to give directions to someone else, all you do is email or text them a map. SaskTel also offers something called VZNavigator, which gives you detailed spoken directions, but this is something extra that you must order.

Whether you travel for pleasure or business, Blackberry smart phones are great for those who travel a lot. In addition to all of the useful Blackberry functions, you can download an app called Blackberry Travel which can assist you with your travel plans. You can find hotels whilst traveling, check flights that are available and also discover last minute cancellations as well as some other things. You can also calculate the differences in currencies and take a look at the weather forecast for your next stop. It’s quite convenient to have one app that can manage all of your travel information.

You can’t go too wrong with a Blackberry smart phone, and the Blackberry Priv is a model that’s quite user friendly. Whether or not you’re already a fan of Blackberries, the Blackberry Priv has a lot to recommend it.

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Online Data Security in Canada

secure backup that is easily accessible and fast

Have you ever lost data and had to pay for a professional data recovery service? If you have then you know the cost of recovery is high and loosing precious data like family photos or your companies accounting files are no small joke.

Nearly 80% of company files are now stored electronically. As the move to digital increases every day there is a growing need for a solution to protect your files. However the problem many individuals and businesses face today is that the growing amount of data on their computers is often reaching hundreds of gigabytes. Some users easily have a terabyte of data on their computer. Now the question becomes, how do you back-up a terabyte of data offsite safely and on a regular basis.

The problem is that most internet connections offer a slow upload speed and high download speed. When you’re trying to backup data offsite using an online backup provider, it is the upload stream on your broadband internet connection that really matters.

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The American government has recently passed laws making legal for government agencies to have full access to your data stored online with companies such as Google or Microsoft. Privacy of data has become a huge issue and that is many Americans are opting to store their data offsite with a Canadian backup service that is not obligated to release customer information to government agencies.

With a slow upload, you’re going to have problems moving your entire data set offsite and it will be difficult to get a complete incremental backup offsite every day. If you’re going to be backing up large files such as your email PST file that change often you will have the problem of backing up large incremental chucks of those files every day.

To make the process of moving your data offsite you need software that works efficiently at breaking down the files on your computer into smaller chunks that can be easily backed up every day. An efficient file chunking algorithm is the key to successful offsite backups. Software like eazybac needs to be capable of breaking down files as they change each day and backing up only the smallest possible portion of a large file. For example, if you change 32kb of your 5GB PST file you don’t want to be uploading 500MB of incremental backup, the ideal amount would be a small chunk like 64kb.

Efficient online backup software does not need to be expensive, check out the pricing here – this is a great example in which a company could protect all their data for only $12.