This Is How Long You Should Stand at Work Each Day
It’s official: prolonged sitting is horrible for you, according to experts in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In the first advice of its kind, the folks behind the study are recommending that office workers stand for at least two hours a day.
They’ve created recommendations that include letting workers take regular breaks, hold meetings while standing up and promoting light activity like stretching or walking.
“Even if you’re meeting your physical activity guidelines, you cannot undo the risks of prolonged sitting,” Gavin Bradley, director of the campaign group Get Britain Standing told the Associated Press.
According to the group, people who sit excessively have twice the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a 13% increased risk of cancer and a 17% increased risk of premature death. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider this: Healthier workers mean reduced healthcare costs, productivity, engagement and reduced absenteeism.
Moving around will not only make you healthier, but save yourself a pretty penny. So get up, stretch and consider a standing desk.
… Or this nifty surfing desk. Hey, whatever works, right?
Do you stand while you work? What are the results you see? Let us know in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!