Why is standing up healthy?
Offices are not usually set up to encourage movement. And, let's face it, most of us are too busy to think about getting up from our desks and taking a walk around every so often.
After spending years believing that exercising for 20 minutes a day is enough (or whatever the latest exercise suggestion is), research is now showing that it isn't enough to counteract the negative effects of sitting down for the rest of the day. Some of these negative effects can involve obesity, sleep apnoea and pulmonary embolisms and sitting for hours at a time could be contributing to the chances of developing diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and many other health issues.
In research co-commissioned by Public Health England, it was reported that office workers should spend a minimum of two hours a day on their feet at work and ideally up to four hours.
Standing for much of the day rather than sitting can also help to strengthen core muscles, which in turn can help with the seemingly ever present back problems. Do you know anyone who doesn't complain about back ache at least sometimes! And have you looked at your absence stats related to back pain recently?
You may groan at the thought of standing all day but it really can help to keep you healthy and for employers thinking about the health and wellbeing of their employees, it's definitely something to consider.