“Sitting disease.” It sounds daunting and office workers should be worried. A study published in The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times now recommends office workers move every 30 minutes. Prior to this study, researchers recommended office workers stand once an hour.
Why the change? Researchers continue to find evidence that proves that sitting for prolonged periods of time can shorten life expectancy. When you sit for too long, you are at higher risk of poor blood circulation, chronic back pain, obesity and high blood pressure. However, another study claims that standing for too long shouldn’t be the only option.
“Standing desks aren’t the silver bullet, they’re not the solution to everything, however, they can be part of the solution for many people,” said David Hall, occupational health chair at the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
A balanced approach is the best way to reduce health risks for office workers.
In life, balance is everything. A sit-stand desk like the CASSIOPEIA is the perfect alternative to sitting or standing all day at work. The CASSIOPEIA allows you to alternative between sitting and standing, making it is the best desk in the ergonomic market.
Exercising isn’t enough.
Another finding in this study: working out after your 9-5 isn’t enough to lessen health risks for office workers. You must move throughout the day.
“Inactivity leads to muscle weakness, which in turn can lead to back pain. The muscles in the back help to support the spine, so when these muscles are fatigued, strained or weak, back pain can happen,” Dr. Borders, a family medicine practitioner at Novant Health Mountainview Medical in King, said. “I encourage my patients to stay as active as possible, even if it is just standing up and stretching at your workplace frequently throughout the day. The more active you are, the better.”
Overall, staying active in every day life – including the work day – will provide you with better emotional, physical and mental health.