How long should you stand in one day?
Experts have come up with the healthiest way for office workers to spend their day. By now we all know that prolonged sitting is one of the worst things we can do for our health.
But the advice on how long we should stand for has remained unclear, until now. UK health experts have devised a set of recommendations when it comes to long-term sitting and sedentary behaviour, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
According to the research, people should aim for at least two hours of standing during the working day and progress to four hours.
“This is an initial guidance, which we do expect to evolve with time,” said lead study author John Buckley from the Institute of Medicine at the University of Chester. “As we get more evidence we will hopefully gain more precision.”
Sedentary behaviour is a leading risk factor when it comes to type-2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer as well as the more obvious issues with back pain. According to the Office of National Statistics, Neck pain, back pain and other musculoskeletal problems, account for the greatest number of days lost in the UK at 30.6 million. The average cost of sickness absence is £692 per employee, per year. The average number of work days lost due to sickness absence is 7.4 per employee, per year. (Source CIPD 2009 survey)
One solution is the sit / stand desk which allow people to regularly change between standing and seated working position, with a number of proven benefits:
– Increased alertness, concentration and productivity.
– Improved blood circulation.
– Relief from muscle ache caused by static posture.
– Flexibility to adjust your working position to the task in hand.
– Ability to move and change position without interrupting workflow.
– 1000mm to 1800mm wide (rectangular)
– 600mm or 800mm deep
– Corner desks available
– Made to measure sizes available
Single step, stand-sit electrically height adjustable
– Height (mm): min. 700 / max. 1170
– Stroke (mm): 470
– Speed (mm/s): 17
– Width (mm): min. 1100 / max. 1700
– Depth of feet (mm): 750
– Capacity (kg) dynamic: 60
– Noise dB (A): <50
– Power (V): 240
– Weight (kg): 26
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Surface colors: White-aluminium
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