If your job requires you to be in front of a computer, by the phone or
behind a desk, chances are you spend a lot of time sitting. In fact the
average office worker spends over 5 1/2 hours sitting every day. Studies
show that people who live a chair-oriented, sedentary lifestyle are at
higher risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some
types of cancer. Researchers are now saying that prolonged sitting is
just as bad as smoking, or maybe even worse.
“Our body’s were built to move so it’s no wonder that
restricting ourselves to sit all day is having a negative effect,”
says Scott Echleberger, Vice President of CVMC. “Therefore, a few
of us have decided to stand up for our health, quite literally, by experimenting
with stand-sit desks to help incorporate standing into our workday.”
Having relied on a stand-sit desk since August, CVCM Administrative Coordinator,
Kandi Lander reports that she has more energy, less lower back pain, feels
more alert and focused and has even lost a few pounds!
What are the benefits of standing?
- It helps relieve pressure on the lower back and legs, and helps reduce
compression of the spine arising from long periods of sitting
- It has been known to improve energy levels and cognition
- It increases circulation and leads to better blood flow to the brain and
- It burns more calories than sitting
- It assists with energy balance and aid in weight management
For those considering a standing desk Lisa Davis, CVMC Administrative Assistant,
recommends alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day.
Experts agree this helps reducing stress on your feet and lower back that
may result from standing the entire day. Everyone is different, so finding
what works best for you is most important.