Health Benefits of Standing Desks

by David Roberts September 04, 2015

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.

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What Researchers Say:

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

 
  • The Mayo Clinic

A collection of articles from the Mayo Clinic on sitting disease, the benefits of standing desks as well as more info on healthy workplaces. Further Reading Links:
  1. What are the risks of sitting too much?
  2. Do you have sitting disease?
  3. Office Stretches
 
  • The South Australia Goverment

The South Australia Goverment provides their feedback on "sitting too much" Further Reading Links:
  1. Sitting too much
 
  • Sitting Disease

A collection of articles and information on sitting disease, what it is and how to avoid it. Further Reading Links:
  1. Canadian Living - The Sitting Disease is Real
  2. NZ Herald - Spend at Least 2 Hours Standing
 
  • VARIDESK

A leader in retro-fit sit/stand desks, take a look at our downloadable information pack and product guide. Further Reading Links:
  1. Product Guide
  2. Facebook community
 
  • Health

A collection of articles and information on healthy workplace Further Reading Links:
  1. Sitting down increases women's risk of cancer - study
  2. Weight Watchers Study - Sedentary Workplaces
  3. Sitting Disease - Infographic
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David Roberts
David Roberts

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Katherine is one of the Directors of VARIDESK New Zealand. She has a passion for health and wellness in the workplace and helping others to enjoy the benefits of a standing desk.


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