DonΓÇÖt Sit Down – Standing Room Only!
According to new research, office workers could help to keep themselves trim by pushing back their chairs and spending more time standing up, burning off 3.6kg of fat annually, improving circulation and bringing about a wholly healthier take on the traditional office.
While chucking out the chairs may seem impractical, evidence does show that a desk chained existence can have an impact on the health of office workers, promoting a sedentary lifestyle and even increasing the chance of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis according to some research.
Of course many of us seek to compensate for our weekly 9 to 5 sit-a-thon by visiting the gym, taking a walk at lunch or even carrying out a regular stretching routine from our desks. What should be considered however, with more and more of us taking our seat in office based jobs, is could the office space of the future be transformed from a bums-on-seats to a standing room only environment?
Well the answer could be ΓÇÿyesΓÇÖ, with various reports suggesting that ΓÇÿStanding DesksΓÇÖ are growing in popularity and with a growing number of designers and manufacturers beginning to produce these health focused workstations.
That said the idea is not a new one, with John Buckley of the University of Chester, who conducted the most recent research on the benefits of standing, himself working from a standing desk that dates back to the 1940.
“People are sitting down at work, then sitting in the car and then sitting down in front of the television,” explained Dr Buckley while also pointing out that sitting is not a natural state for Humans who are designed to stand up and keep moving.
How would you feel about chucking out your chair and standing while at work? Have you ever tried it or know somewhere that encourages this kind of working environment?