A burgeoning concept in office ergonomics is the value of standing periodically while one continues to work. Watch this interview as Dr. Marc Hamilton, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences for the University of Missouri-Columbia, discusses the conclusions of the latest ergonomics research.
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Studies find a strong correlation between elevated risk of mortality and long periods of sitting; experts call this “sitting disease.” Surprisingly, this risk is shared by people who otherwise lead active lifestylesthose who comply with guidelines recommending a half-hour of physical activity a day and whose BMI are in the normal range.
Switching between sitting and standing offers the body movement, and movement is the key to computing comfort. Why? One reason is likely because motion facilitates blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to joints and tissues so we stay energized while working. This is especially true when using large muscle groups, like those involved in standing.
So, when creating your workspace, use equipment that allows you to change positions as you continue working. Adjustable products are ideal.
A 2011 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows prolonged sitting is reduced when workers are equipped with sit-stand workstations. Among other things, increased standing among participants improved mood states and reduced incidents of neck and back pain. See this handy infographic (@ JustStand.org) for a quick overview.
Some of the remarkable findings of this study:
Find out more at JustStand.org.
In a Nutshell: Sit when you want. Stand when youre able. Move when you can.