If you sit for long stretches of time, are you doomed to live a shorter life? Is a standing desk the answer? Find out the health effects of and solutions to over-sitting and over-standing.
The Pitfalls of Sitting
- Studies have found that long hours of sitting are linked to heart failure and disability risk, and shortens life expectancy.
- Research has shown that sitting all day reduces the breakdown of fat and increases fat retention.
The Pitfalls of Standing
- There may be negative health effects from sitting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that standing is the solution and a standing desk is the answer.
- Standing has “side effects” and a variable height desk is not appropriate for everyone. Prolonged standing at work can actually be bad for your health.
- Per a 2005 study in Denmark, long bouts of standing can lead to a higher risk for being hospitalized for varicose veins in the legs (swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins and damaged valves).
When Standing May Not Be Healthier
It may be inappropriate for the following people to stand at their desks if they have:
When Standing May Not Work at Work
Sitting requires less energy (about 20% less) than standing and helps keep the body stable, so certain tasks are better performed while sitting down, such as those requiring: Continue reading “KRON 4 | How to Survive a Sedentary Job”