A new study from the America Heart Association Advisory has warned that sitting for more than a couple of hours a day could lead to cancer, heart disease and even type 2 diabetes. Much like the effects of smoking these outcomes are apparently not reversible; Even if you get regular exercise and eat healthy. Does this mean that sitting has very quickly become the "new" smoking?
According to Dr James Levine of the Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative the answer is yes. Speaking recently to The Los Angeles Times he has said, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
But what can you or your employer do to help prevent a sitting epidemic. The most obvious answer would be simply to move more. But that’s not always practical in the busy office environment. That's why we’ve put together a list of 3 quick and easy changes you could make that will improve your health at work.
Use the Stairs
It sounds obvious but taking the stair instead of waiting for the lift provides all kinds of health benefits for your heart, brain and muscular systems. Not to mention it can sometimes even be quicker. According to livestrong.com the average adult male will burn an impressive 83 calories just climbing several flights of stairs.
Sit Stand Workstation
It’s understandle that employers don't want their employees wandering away from their desks for too long. Especially if their position is mainly computer based. But if you can't change the job role why not modify the workstation instead? A sit / stand computer workstation give users the choice to work whilst sitting at a desk or standing up. Something like the ErgoMounts Ultra 180 is an ideal product for this. It provides a wide range of movement and adjustment while still being more cost effective than your average sit/stand desk.
Take Regular Breaks
The America Heart Association Advisory discovered that the negative health effects became worse the longer the period of time a person spent sitting. That is why it is crucial that you take regular short breaks from your desk. Maybe go for a walk around the office to try and break up periods of sitting as much as possible.