Is sitting at our desk killing us?

Numerous scientific studies have suggested that we sit too much. Many of us spend up to 12 hours sitting on our bottoms – at work, at home, in the car, in the cinema and even the gym! Add that to the average seven hours’ sleep and it adds up to almost 19 sedentary hours every day. As human beings, we’re not designed to sit down so much.

Several studies have also shown that stand and sit desks offer certain health benefits.

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Many of the benefits of spending some time standing while working result in fewer medical issues and back problems, increased productivity and energy, and we burn more calories. Standing burns half to one calorie more a minute than sitting. In four hours, that represents as many as 240 additional calories. Sitting more than one hour at a time, lowers the levels of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase, which causes calories to be sent to fat stores. These are just some of the numerous benefits that have been documented scientifically and anecdotally by stand-up adopters.

However, as with all things, there needs to be a balance, the key is breaking up your activity throughout the day – sitting or standing all day can be bad for you, a balance between standing & sitting is recommended. The objective should be to vary your position during your day.

There’s a growing trend in businesses around the world to adopt the use of stand and sit desks, mainly for health benefits – but also to try out something new. It’s worthwhile employers taking note of this trend and to consider equipping their offices to respond to the changing needs of employees and working environments. The larger ones also make a great stand up meeting table – really injects energy into your power meetings!

This post was written by Re:Work, who offer the very latest versions of stand & sit desks. They come with manual or electronic control and are available in a range of finishes to match your existing furniture.