Should you be standing at work?

Many people spend more time sat at their desks at work than they do sitting on their sofas at home. It’s a fact you’ve probably not thought about until now, but count them up – if you’re a full-time office worker the chances are you spend 35+ hours a week at your desk.

New Research

According to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, you could burn an extra 54 calories a day which could result in significant weight loss.

The study examined the data of more than 1,000 men and women at an average age of 33 and average weight of 65kg (10st). While the effects of standing at work were more pronounced in men than women due to higher muscle mass, the study found that over a year, people could lose 2.5kg (5.5lbs) without changing their eating habits.

Not just about losing weight

There have been a number of studies looking at how changing work habits and traditions can have health benefits. It requires an entirely more complex number of muscles to stand than it does to sit. Engaging your muscles while standing will help to strengthen and tone in a far more effective way to sitting alone.

Additional muscle activity is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes so the benefits of standing are there for all to see.

standing diagram

Not for everyone

While there is substantial evidence to support the benefits of standing at work, you may find that this doesn’t work for you and in fact, standing for extended periods of time causes you discomfort.

The important thing is that you find a balance which suits you. You may find that a combination of sitting and standing at work not only helps you to focus better and be more productive but also the additional movement helps with your own health.

There are a number of options to try and your employer will usually be happy to help you find something that works for you – after all, your comfort and productivity is in their best interests.

No substitute

While we love the idea that simply standing up for an extra few hours a day will cure all of our ailments, there really is no substitute for moving throughout the day, eating well and exercising regularly when it comes to a healthy brain and body.

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