Imagine, if you can, feeling comfortable at work. Does that picture you've created involve sitting at all? Helping our body to rest, it's only natural that sitting down is seen as 'comfortable'. However, studies undertaken in the last couple of years have indicated that sitting at work doesn't actually offer as much comfort as what standing does .
This is probably why there has been an upsurge in the usage of 'standing desks' in recent years, as an increasing number of businesses are becoming more aware of the need for their office design to lend itself better to the working needs of their employees, in order to cultivate success. But why is sitting seen as less comfortable?
What are the health risks of sitting?
There is actually increasing evidence that excessive sitting can cause a number of health issues. Sitting means that we are moving our bodies less; slowing down our metabolism and affecting the ability of the body to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and to break down body fat. All of this leads to weight gain, possible type-2 diabetes, even certain types of cancer and early death.
This is why the NHS advises , that in order to reduce the risk of ill health, the average adult should be doing around 150 minutes of exercise a week, whilst also reducing their sitting time. With many adults spending more than seven hours a day sitting at work – then travelling home by car or public transport just to sit on the couch to watch TV, you can probably see why an increasing number of businesses are placing health and fitness at the heart of their operations.