Sounds too good to be true, right?
Apparently not, according to a growing body of research from Australian and international think-tanks.
By now most of us have heard that prolonged sitting is a health hazard, with clear links to a list of serious diseases and premature death.
What is perhaps less well known is that making some minor changes in how we live and work can have a major impact on our health, according to Professor David Dunstan, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.
Given that Australians now sit for roughly 80% of their working day, incorporating the use of sit/stand desks into our daily routine provides a huge range of benefits both to our health, and performance at work…
BENEFITS OF A SIT/STAND DESK
The fact that most of us aren’t getting enough exercise is an uncomfortable reality, meaning health experts are looking for ways to get us more active in our day to day lives. A key recommendation is to stand more while doing desk work, which has seen proactive employers implementing sit/stand desks in their workspaces.
The benefits of a sit / stand workstation are many and varied:
- Standing helps prevent the dangerous build-up of sugars and fats in our blood
- Helps us manage weight… standing uses roughly 13% more energy over a typical working day
- A recent large study found that sitting time accounts for 7% of all deaths aged 45 and older.
- Can have positive impact on work performance by improving focus, health and well-being, as Alexandra Post attests
Of course, a sit/stand desk doesn’t replace regular exercise, but when combined with other physical activity, it can play a big role in improving your heath and workplace performance.