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!