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By now you’ve probably heard that some are saying sitting is the new smoking. We know that smoking causes many preventable but deadly diseases, and now researchers are saying prolonged sitting is just as bad for your health.
If you have clients who sit at a desk all day (or perhaps you spend a lot time sitting), you’ll want to check out these apps that can remind you to stand up and move.
The first app was developed with the help of AOTA member Karen Jacobs. Stretch Break for Kids recently launched an Android version of the app, and it’s free for Apple and Android devices. You set how often you’d like to be reminded to stand up, and the app notifies you and gives you a series of stretches to prevent repetitive strain injuries.
Here are a few more apps to try:
To help keep office employees safe, some organizations are investing in standing desks. AOTA recently completed a renovation of our headquarters, and now all staff members have desks that adjust from sitting to standing desks with a push of the button.
AOTA’s Board of Directors was in town last week and toured the new space. Check out AOTA President Ginny Stoffel testing out one of the new standing desks.
Speaking of standing desks, an occupational therapist is quoted in this article from Duluth News Tribune about standing desks for better health. And another OT wrote an article for Richmond Family Magazine about standing desks and "walkstations" (desks with treadmills).
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This helps a lot during the holidays also when there is little less workload and no patients showing up in the clinic. We keep on reading documents and make new plans while sitting for long hours. Also, Apple Watch helps a lot to remind ourselves about standing up and take few steps. Thank you for sharing this information.