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To Sit or to Stand?

General Comments January 12th 2012

We seem to have all accepted now that the lifestyle of working in the office can lead to work related injuries such as back pain and repetitive strain injury. This is due to the office workers sitting all day in an office chair whilst working all day no matter how much exercise you do before and after work. This is why the popularity of the height adjustable office desk is becoming increasingly more popular as you are able to stand at the desk. Retail workers however must be getting confused by this as if you ask them if they would rather stand all day or sit, I am sure we know what the answer would be.

Standing all day whilst working does have its drawbacks, for example varicose veins and in some extreme cases (some questionable research has led us to believe) “spontaneous abortions”. This information is enough to make you really think about getting rid of your chair and investing in a height adjustable desk.

The rise in the interest in “standing desks” including treadmill desks has been mainly due to the link that too much sitting has now been associated with higher risk problems such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The reason for this is that when you sit still, an enzyme that usually draws fat from the bloodstream drops and leaves the fat in the blood.

The answer to this is that neither standing by your desk all day or sitting in your swivel chair is not the answer. The answer is to try and move regularly so you are not sitting or standing still constantly. The maximum recommended amount of time that you should stay still, whether seated or standing is 30 minutes. You should then try and move around for a few minutes to get the blood circulating in your body. Obviously the right chair is key; however there is now definite answer when it comes to either sitting or standing all day.

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