Six Reasons Why You Should Not Be Sitting At Work

Posted on December 09, 2014 by OfficePlusFurniture

On an average most Australians spent about 8-9hours a day sitting at their desks which has led to the increase in many health abnormalities. The good news is that gradually the world is coming in terms with the fact that the Human body is not designed to sit all day.

What are the effects of sitting at work?

  1. Obesity, heart diseases, backaches, colon cancer, muscular degeneration, diabetes and even in some cases premature deaths have been linked to sedentary office life.
  2. When you sit for long hours the blood circulation slows down. Even going to gym after work cannot compensate the damage done.
  3. Constant sitting flattens and expands your butt, giving you a shapeless bottom.
  4. The excessive pressure to the lower lumber region pushes the belly out. You end up getting the dreaded office chair paunch.
  5. Long sitting hours causes an increase in the LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance and plasma triglycerides.
  6. Being seated for long hours decreases the electrical activity in your muscles which leads to decrease in your metabolism rate.


Is standing at work actually better?

  • Compared to sitting at desk when you stand, your heart and blood circulation system starts to work harder to counter the effects of the gravity and supply blood to all the parts of the body including the brain.
  • Workers feel more energetic, alert and aware; as a result there is an improvement in their performance too.
  • Standing helps the body to burn more calories as it involves more muscular contraction than sitting.
  • Reports have shown that the higher muscular activity of the thigh helps the body to improve the vascular health and improve the blood sugar levels.
  • Research has shown that standing at work does not affect your performance. Tasks like listening, typing, reading and cognitive assessments are not affected by standing at your desk.


What is the right way to stand at work?

Savvy workers are replacing their traditional office desks with standing desks at work. If you wish to go for this healthier option then get into the groove gradually. Don’t immediately start standing for the full day. To optimize on your comfort and ergonomics your monitor should be at eye level and the height of the desk should be adjusted in such a way that it should be levelled with your hand when the elbow is bent at 90 degree angle.

Stand more, sit less and move around, to say hello to a fitter you!



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