Do you sit at work all day? Is it better to stand or sit?

Have you recently acquired a sit-to-stand desk? Is it better to stand or sit?

Current research has shown that sitting all day is unhealthy for you. Many health and wellness blogs are quoting that sitting is the “new” smoking. In the last 10 years, research has shown that if you sit all day, this can lead to heart related problems, type 2 Diabetes and numerous chronic issues related to obesity. Many believe that exercise before or after work will reverse the effects of sitting all day. Unfortunately, it has been shown that you can’t make up for the negative effects of prolonged sitting over the work day by only exercising after work.

With all this research, there has been an intense focus on ergonomics, which has seen an increase in sit-to-stand desks in the workplace, where workers are spending more time standing at their desks.

So, if you have a sit-to-stand desk and you stand all day, is this solving the problem? It is addressing the issues that are linked to sitting but the reality is that standing all day can also lead to fatigue and cardiovascular problems. You may also find that you still suffer from low back pain, leg and foot pain, especially if standing in the incorrect posture, so all you are doing is shifting the part of your body that you are loading.

So, what it the solution?

The answer is in fact MOVEMENT.

Regular movement is the key to promoting good health. This can be achieved by moving regularly. The common response is that there are not enough hours in the day and moving is disruptive to your flow of work. The truth is that you don’t have to stop working for very long. The key is to move more, more often.

Next Steps

If you need help, you can make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists to prescribe a sit-stand programme to suit your needs or they can create a short pause exercise program for you. You can also use a pedometer during the day to track your steps, set your alarm on your phone or your smartwatch to remind you to move.

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