Sitting is being called “the new smoking.” An unhealthy habit that far too many Americans spend too much time doing, especially at work. New research suggests that sitting all day at work and then spending the night in front of the television can increase the risk of serious health issue like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The World Health Organization cited physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Which they state causes an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally each year.
A study published earlier this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine stated that office workers spend up to 75% of their time in a chair. Overall, it said people spend 60% of their time awake sedentary.
They recommended workers spend at least 2 hours of their work day standing and a total of 4 hours a day on their feet. They recommend that workers should also include walks, but warn against prolonged standing in a static position which can cause just as many problems as sitting too long.
In response the latest trend in office furniture, the stand up desk is born. It can be programmed to gently prod workers to their feet with soft vibrations. It can be programmed for the needs of individual workers. Whether a worker prefers to stand for half their work day or two hours or for 20 or 30 minute intervals, the desk will do the math and send reminders at the proper times.
Individuals not accustomed to standing might experience some musculoskeletal pain and fatigue when initially adjusting to the new routine. Experts believe the long-term health benefits will outweigh the short-term aches and pains.
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