Is standing the new smoking?

by Gabrielle Taylor September 07, 2017

Is standing the new smoking?

It wasn’t too long ago that office workers were warned about the dangers of sitting for hours on end, with desk work being touted as the new smoking. But now, the tables have turned - no pun intended.

Stand-up desks have taken off recently as part of a new trend to promote healthy living and prevent workers from sitting for an entire work shift. However, it is now believed that predominantly standing all day can in fact have a detrimental effect on people’s health.


According to a recent study, it is now believed that standing all day makes you twice as likely to develop heart disease than sitting for hours on end.


Researchers from Work and Health studied 7,320 workers in Canada focusing on a mix of individuals who predominantly sat, stood or a combination of both throughout the day.


The study revealed that standing long term can place pressure on the lower half of the body and ultimately make it harder for the heart to circulate the blood back up once it has pooled down - increasing the worker’s risk of developing heart disease, back problems or varicose veins.


As a result of the study, experts are now recommending that individuals in jobs largely occupied with standing find moments to sit in order to prevent health issues developing.


The conclusions of the sit v.s stand debate have been extrapolated from 12 years worth of research into the work habits of people who completed at least 15 hours a week of either sitting, standing or a mixture of both.


For more information on the results of the study, follow this link.



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