For many people, a work day can involve over 12 hours of sitting - travelling to work, sitting all day at your desk, travelling home from work and then sitting in the evenings while watching TV or reading a book.
There has been a societal shift into a more sedentary lifestyle, this needs to change - you have probably heard height adjustable desks are great for your health, but do they really stack up to all the hype?
Regular daily exercise definitely reduces some of the risk factors associated with sitting all day, however research has proved that incorporating a standing desk into your workday, combined with regular exercise significantly contributes to increased health benefits.
Some of the benefits stated are having a healthier, happier workplace and an increase in work performance and productivity. Lets see what the science has to say.
Research has found that sitting for extending periods of time is correlated with reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose in the bloodstream, part of a condition known as metabolic syndrome that dramatically increases the chance of type 2 diabetes. In a small study involving 23 office workers, researchers found that alternating between standing and sitting every 30 minutes throughout the workday reduced blood sugar spikes by 11.1% on average. The harmful effects of sitting after meals could help explain why excessive sedentary time is linked to a staggering 112% greater risk of type 2 diabetes
Weight gain is ultimately caused by taking in more calories than you burn. While exercise is the most effective way to burn calories, simply choosing to stand instead of sitting can also be beneficial. When compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. This works out to almost 1000 extra calories burned each week from simply standing at your desk each afternoon. This caloric difference may be one of the reasons why sitting for long periods of time is so strongly linked to obesity and metabolic disease.
It is widely accepted that the more time you spend sitting, the greater your risk of developing heart disease. Adults who spend two more hours per day sitting have a 125 percent increased risk of health problems related to cardiovascular disease, including chest pain and heart attacks. A study found that bus conductors who stood all day had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths as their colleagues in the driver’s seats. There is no doubt that spending more time on your feet is beneficial for heart health.
Research has shown that breast and colon cancer are related to lack of physical activity. Sitting for prolonged periods increases C-reactive protein that has been linked to the development of cancer.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints of office workers who sit all day. The simple act of standing will improve your core strength, leading to better overall posture. Several studies show that standing desks can dramatically decrease chronic back pain caused by prolonged sitting. A study published by the CDC found that people who used standing desks at their workstations reduced upper back and neck pain by 54 percent after just 4 weeks.
Standing desks appear to have a positive influence on overall well-being. It sounds like a bold claim, but research has shown that there are links between sedentary time and an increased risk of both depression and anxiety. In one 7-week study, participants using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire work day. Additionally, 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigor and energy throughout the day.
Experts recommend splitting your time between standing and sitting throughout the day. VARIDESK allows you to easily and quickly move between sitting and standing.
An added feature of VARIDESK is the VARIDESK Desktop App which has been developed to alert you when to move from sitting to standing, ensuring you get the best results from of your VARIDESK.
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