“Sitting is the new smoking”, according to Dr. James Levine, principal investigator for National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The sitting disease is known as the fifth world killer after heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Long periods of sitting are a risk factor in the development of musculoskeletal disorders but also neuropsychological conditions such as depression. Sitting for 6+ hours during the workday can be a higher risk for anxiety and depression. Excessive sitting is an independent risk factor, even if including daily regular exercise.
Impacts of only 2 hours of sitting on the human body:
- Musculoskeletal system: upper and low back pain, numbness, stiffness in the muscles, contractures;
- Metabolic and circulatory system: reduce blood flow, raising blood sugar;
- Brain function: tiredness, low energy, low performance and productivity.
Standing is one of the simplest changes one can make to reduce the upsides of sitting. The long-standing doctrine of an ideal sitting position that is “as upright as possible” has been strongly questioned and has been slowly replaced by the concept of “dynamic sitting” where sitting positions are continuously altered.
However, standing when working is a far better option than sitting. But the transition to a standing workplace is a complex process which requires time and effort. For the beginning, you can start with shorts periods of standing integrated into your office working routine. Sit-stand option is the first step in your workplace transformation. It brings versatility and flexibility, helps emerge the new ideas to a free-flowing working environment.
What are the real benefits of standing?
- increases blood circulation and metabolism
- burns extra calories
- improves focus and productivity
- increases energy level
- tone muscles, especially glutes and abdominal muscles
- improved posture
- reduce blood sugar
Attainable benefits regarding mental health are sustained by recent studies claiming that using a standing desk, productivity increases by up to 46%. Therefore, incorporating standing into workspaces has shown to enhance employee enthusiasm and job satisfaction, improve concentration and mood.