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Beating Inactivity Through Standing Desks

Besides closing gyms and many other workout facilities, COVID-19 has also thrown a wrench into what would have been the start of Spring/Summer outdoor sports season. To help combat the inactivity, MEDUCOM has begun adopting standing desks for all employees interested in changing up their normal work environments and getting a little more active at their desk jobs. The verdict is in and it has been largely positive – many have said they feel more energetic throughout the day and it has helped improve their posture! The science behind standing desks has not been fully studied yet, so the real health impact is yet to be determined. However, small initial studies have shown increased worker prod

Combating Physical Inactivity: Rheumatic Diseases and COVID-19

Physical inactivity is common during periods of self-isolation, but for patients with rheumatic disease, there are crucial benefits to be gained from maintaining an active lifestyle throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In these patients, structured physical activity improves disease symptoms, cardiovascular risk factors, physical capacity and function, and quality of life1. Common rheumatic diseases include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many others. Unfortunately, hypoactive behaviour is already highly prevalent in these patients. Previous studies show 38–72% are physically inactive, and sedentary time ranges between 8.3–14.0 hours/day, which is higher than the general population2. F

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