In the last decade there has been countless studies on the health risks associated with too much sitting. Many of us sit for hours on end at work, during our daily commute and during our leisure time. But what is the best way to combat sedentary behaviour?
Standing desks have been identified as a possible solution to lessen sitting time, but can standing fight against the risks associated with the ‘chair disease’?
Many health experts are concerned that people may have got the wrong idea on sit/stand stations. Alan Hedge, Design and Workplace Ergonomic Expert, says “Standing all day isn’t the answer. That is where we were 100 years ago, and we needed to develop chairs to prevent curvature of the spine, backaches, and varicose veins”
Whilst standing burns more calories, it may not be as many as you think. Sedentary behaviour is described as activities with low energy expenditure. The Journal of Exercise and Sport Sciences classifies sedentary as a level of 1.0-1.5 metabolic equivalent units (METs). Sittings burns roughly 1 MET, whereas standing burns 1.3 MET; by definition standing is still considered sedentary.
With that being said, research reveals people that have the option to stand generally move more. But by no means is a standing station necessary to make us move!
Moving is the only activity that has proven to curb sedentary behaviour. Our bodies are designed to move so breaking up sitting time with movement can really improve our health. As a rule of thumb, we should move every 30 minutes.
These are our tips to move more at work:
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