So how do sitting and standing compare?
- Causes forward head position which creates pressure and muscle tightness that can lead to headaches.
- Creates rounded back preventing proper spine support.
- Increases chances of carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, tendinitis, varicose veins and blood clots.
- Causes your body to burn less energy and to utilize less blood sugar in your body.
- Causes electrical activity in the muscles to take a dip.
- Enzyme productivity drops by 90% which increases your risk for heart disease
- Joints to be in more appropriate positions which results in better blood flow to the legs and to the hips.
- Activates core, arm and leg muscles and improves back health.
- Creates more desirable blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
- Ramps up metabolism by breaking down sugars and fats more quickly.
- Increases oxygen levels for improved concentration.
- Burns three times as many calories as sitting, aiding in weight loss.
All of the above can be very disconcerting if you are one of the many Americans who sit for extended periods of time while at work. Don’t panic. Even a little bit of standing throughout your day can go a long way. According to Designer and Ergonomic Specialist, Mari-ann Carlson, “Alternating between sitting and standing is important as too much of either position can be stressful for your body. Aim to stand and move every 20 minutes.”
Here are five ways to easily incorporate standing into your work day:
- Add height-adjustable computer accessories to a desktop.
- Adjustable-height tables for conference rooms and meeting rooms.
- Instead of replacing your current desk, add a matching standing table.
- Add an all-in-one option, like a Sit-Stand Workstation.
- Consider adding a standing work island in a common area so everyone can take a stand for their health.
Would you like to learn more? NBF has a free, downloadable whitepaper with even more information about why you should and how you can find a balance between sitting and standing as you work.