If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that your workday consist of sitting in front of a computer monitor eight hours a day. But just because you work at a computer, doesn’t mean that you need to be sitting the entire time.
Tons of research has been floating around regarding the topic of sitting and standing at work. Most medical experts will tell you that sitting in an office all day is an incredibly unhealthy way to spend the majority of your days on Earth. It’s bad for your health, and has even been linked to having a shorter life expectancy.
With more and more people working desk and computer jobs, this problem is continuing to get an increased amount of attention.
Is there a solution? Standing could be the best one. No one says that you need to be sitting in order to use a computer. In fact, you can probably perform your job just as well standing on your own two feet.
Here are five reasons why you should start trying to stand more and sit less while at work.
Sitting Too Much Is Not Good for You
Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine clearer confirmed that sitting down for prolonged periods of time is unhealthy.
To quote the findings published by Forbes, “Adults who sat for more than 11 hours a day had a 40 percent increased risk of dying within 3 years– from any cause.”
Also, compared to people who sat less than four hours a day, people who sat in between eight and 11 hours a day have a 15 percent greater chance of dying.
According to the research, if you’re sitting that much, not even hitting the gym in the evening is going to help you out much. The best solution is to simply stop sitting so much.
Standing is Good for You
You might not realize it, but standing is a form of aerobic exercise as well. According to Just Stand, an advocacy group that promotes standing as much as possible, studies have proven that “standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow and ramps up your metabolism.”
So think about it this way – if you are working while standing four four hours a day, it’s like you’ve been walking and exercising for half of your work day. Not bad at all.
Standing Increases Productivity
Just look at business leaders like Google and Facebook to see what they are doing. Many big companies have already started to offer standing desks for their workers, allowing them to work at their computers comfortably without having to sit down.
In fact, the staff at Business Insider did a study of their own and wrote an entire article about it. The research showed that by introducing standing as an option to their workers, they were able to increase productivity by 10 percent across the board.
Standing Makes You Feel Better
Of course, there is a transitional period of a week or so that your body needs in order to get used to standing for longer periods of time, especially if you have been sitting all day for years and years.
But after the slight foot pain subsides, you’ll find that standing makes you feel better. You’ll leave the office feeling more energized and less tired than before. The fact that standing is a form of exercise also factors into this. Standing helps you to stay active while performing the same tasks you were performing while sedentary in the past.
So not only are you getting more work done, you’re leaving the office feeling better than you did when you were getting less work done. It’s a win-win, really, for you and your bosses!
Many Notable Overachievers Worked Standing Up
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill and Leonardo Da Vinci are just a few great minds who used standing desks most of their lives. Not only are they know for being some of the greatest thinkers and doers in human history, but they also lived very long and satisfying lives.
Franklin, Churchill, and Jefferson all lived passed 75. Da Vinci made it into his late 60s in the 15th century, a period of history during which an average person’s life expectancy was about 40 years.
Taking all of this into consideration, the following can be concluded. Standing at work is not only good for your health and your life expectancy, it also helps you get things done in a more efficient and timelier manner.