Adapted from: ABC Health and Wellbeing (Cathy Johnson)
By now you have probably heard too much sitting can be deadly. A significant and growing body of research shows clear links between sitting time and increased risk of a range of chronic diseases and premature death.
While there is ongoing debate about whether exercise can help to reduce the impact of sitting, the truth is most of us aren’t doing enough exercise.
So we’re being encouraged to try to stand more while doing desk work.
It’s an issue some employers seem to be addressing, with a growing trend for workplaces to provide staff with variable-height standing desks to allow them to do computer and other desk-based work out of the chair.
Apart from the loner-term health benefits – standing helps prevent harmful build-up of sugars and fats in our blood – workers who stand more often say they have better energy levels and concentration.
It can also help you manage your weight; standing uses around 13 percent more energy over the course of an eight-hour day. So accumulating four hours standing would burn energy equivalent to a 45-minute walk.
But, standing can be hard on your body if you’re not used to it.