The Statistics on Prolonged Sitting
The average Australian now spends almost 33 hours per week at the workplace and full time workers spend almost 40 hours per week at work.
People working full time in jobs that involve ‘mostly sitting’, spend an average of 6.3 hours per day sitting at work. Combine activities like driving and watching TV and it can quickly mount up, so much so, that excessive sitting has been given a name “The Sitting Disease”.
Emerging evidence shows that there is an association between prolonged sitting and the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and premature mortality, even in physically active adults.
A sit stand desk is not going to solve all of our health needs but standing a little more each day does tone muscles, improve posture, increase blood flow, ramps up metabolism and burns extra calories – not a bad starting point.
How To Address Sedentary Behavior in the Work Place
A professional ergonomic workplace combined with education is the key to ensuring long term take-up and engagement. Stand up desks are great for activities that require high level energy like emails, reading documents and easy writing tasks. Tasks that require more focused attention like planning and writing tasks can be better undertaken while sitting.
Increase productivity by simply moving between standing and sitting depending on your energy levels. Movement can help decrease caffeine intake as you stand in the afternoon rather than drink the late cup of coffee for your energy fix!!
While it is exciting to have a new sit stand desk converter, a structured, managed implementation is the key to long term success and employee engagement.