Do you sit for more than six hours as day? Your sedentary work environment is wheeling you and your office chair to an early grave. (Postulations that work is actually killing me? Confirmed!) Studies show that people who sit for more than six hours a day are likely to die younger than their more mobile counterparts. Luckily, an easy solution is at hand…
A recent study by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise followed 17 000 men and women over a period of 13 years. The control group included a broad spectrum of people including non-smokers and those who exercised regularly. The study found that employees who sat for 6 hours a day were 54% more likely to die from a heart attack than people who had jobs that did not require them to sit in front of a computer.
A ground-breaking 2010 study by the American Cancer Society (published in the American Journal of Epidemiology) studied 123 216 people with no family history or risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, or lung disease. The group was monitored over a 14-year period with some rather disturbing results. Women who sat more than six hours a day were 37% more likely to die prematurely than women who sat for three hours a day or less. With men who sat for six hours a day or more, the mortality rate was 18% higher.
The solution? The standing desk. The standing desk has a small, but dedicated following. So fast is its popularity growing, in fact, that most office retail outlets now stock standing desks. These can be raised or lowered using a small turning handle.
Guerrilla office workers have taken on a more MacGyver approach to turning themselves into upstanding employees, using boxes, TV dinner trays and chairs to help raise their computers. Go on, give it a try. It does take some getting used to and you might want to phase it in. Many companies are also opting for standing meeting areas. Here employees gather around a raised table to exchange ideas and information in the same way you might stand around the kitchen at a party. This is thought to not only improve health, but also leads to a more fluid and interactive exchange of ideas.
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