Sitting is the new smoking
By Tessa Marsh, Candi Macknamara and Courtney Chick
Do you work more than 5 hours a day without moving? Sitting for prolonged time can create poor posture, headaches, back and neck stiffness and fatigue. Sitting is now considered a merging public health concern with increased risk of adverse health conditions.
Benefits of a ‘standing desk’
A standing desk might be right for you. Standing desks are becoming more popular as daily work hours increase.
A standing desk may be useful for people with conditions such as:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
The benefits of a standing desk are:
- Boosted productivity
- Decreased joint stiffness
- Improved attention and cognitive function
- Decreased muscle tension and pain
However, standing all day can also have adverse effects. A standing-only desk may cause:
- Increased muscle fatigue
- Further exacerbating pre-existing conditions
Benefits of a ‘sit-stand desk’
A sit-stand desk is the most beneficial way to decrease the negative health effects of sitting and gain the positive effects of standing. A sit-stand desk allows you to move throughout the day from a seated position to a standing position as needed. A sit-stand desk can create a more mobile work environment and healthier musculoskeletal system.
Low cost ways to curb the negative effects of sitting
- Take a walk around the block for 10-15 minutes during your lunchbreak
- Set a ‘stretch timer’ to remind you to stand and stretch for 5 minutes each hour during your work day
- Improve your sitting posture by attending a Myotherapy treatment
- Try using a yoga ball / bounce ball in your home office instead of regular chair
- Learn to sit better at your desk with this article
Whatever your situation, there are a number of ways to fight the sitting epidemic and get fit during your workday.