With many of us working on computers and in sedentary jobs the phrase "sitting disease" has been popping up more frequently and the dangers of our current work habits has been described as the "new smoking". While many of us feel that sitting all day probably isn't that good for us, in order to make changes to our work environment and purchase equipment that will help we are often asked to provide proof that standing more and sitting less is the way forward. The health benefits of standing desks are becoming more widely documented with medical institutes like the Mayo Clinic in the USA conducting extensive research into this area. The British Journal of Sport Medicine also release a document in June 2015 on on Sedentary Workplaces and their feedback was that we should be standing a minimum of 2-4 hours per day, preferably in smaller periods scattered throughout the day. If you would like to encourage your workplace to adopt a healthy policy on sit/stand workplaces you may need some additional resources to justify your case. We have compiled a range of professional opinion and further reading to help you out.
For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease. James Levine, MD, PhD
Prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture. British Journal of Sports Medicine
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