Sitting v Standing

21 June 2018

According to a study in 2012 led by the University of Leicester, in association with researchers at Loughborough University, sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.  

There are many ways to reduce sitting time, such as breaking up long periods at the computer at work by placing laptops on a filing cabinet, have standing meetings, walk during lunch breaks and look to reduce TV viewing in the evenings.

New research published in February 2018 suggested prolonged standing might be even more dangerous than sitting, with headlines claiming standing desks “increase pain”, “reduce productivity” and “could do more harm than good”.

It’s difficult to accurately determine whether sitting or standing will increase risks of serious illnesses as people all have an individual level of risk for certain conditions based on their genetics, life history and environment that is totally unrelated to their sitting habits. Everyone would benefit from a greater level of movement, so whether there’s the option for a sit/stand desk or a traditional sitting desk, make sure everyone walks around, stretches and gets blood moving.

On 27th April 2018, Get Britain Standing, campaign to increase awareness and education of the dangers of sedentary working and prolonged sitting time, in association with the Active Working initiative are asking the nation to unite against prolonged office sitting by taking on the challenge to get on their feet.

Get Britain Standing wants workplaces and individuals across Britain to sit less and move more during their working day and has several resources to help available on their website:

Ideas to get you moving
-    Run a lunchtime fitness workshop for the office.
-    An alert will sound at random times and everyone must stand up when it does.
-    Take regular breaks from computers, stand up, stretch and walk around the office.
-    Make phone calls standing up.
-    Use the stairs.
-    Have standing or walking meetings.
-    Have one less chair than people at meetings.
-    Get everyone to move around with each new agenda item.
-    Organise a lunchtime walk. Walk to work, or get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.