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Are the Dangers of Prolonged Static Postures Common Knowledge?

With all the hype in the media suggesting “Sitting is the new smoking” and an expanding pool of research exploring the effects of prolonged sitting, sedentary workers are gaining awareness of how serious this issue is.  We know that when sitting 6+ hours per day, negative metabolic effects happen within our bodies such as increased bad cholesterol, decreased good cholesterol, decreased metabolism and weight gain, not to mention a shortened life span and cardiovascular issues.  And the kicker....it doesn’t matter how active you are outside of work, it does not negate the effects of prolonged sitting.  So what is the bottom line?  Break up static sitting time by incorporating more movement into your day!

Tonya P

Written August 2017

by Tonya LaFranchi, MSOT, OTR/L

ErgoFit Consulting, Inc.

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Though it seems all workers in sedentary jobs are very aware of this information and are eager to jump on the movement wave, according to a survey to mark ‘On Your Feet Britain day’ http://activeworking.com, we learn that surprisingly, this is not always the case.  When companies were asked of their awareness of the health risks of prolonged sitting:

  • Only 28% of companies were said to be ‘very aware’
  • An encouraging 36% were ‘somewhat aware but keen to know more’
  • Almost 22% were ‘somewhat aware but not that bothered’
  • 13% were totally ignorant on the matter

Almost 90% of office workers in this study reported spending upwards of five hours a day sitting down and almost 60% spend 6+hours/day seated during a typical office day.  Of these same employees reporting a high frequency of daily sitting:

  • More than 75% confirmed that they were ‘very aware’ of the health risks of prolonged or excessive sitting
  • 20% said they were ‘somewhat aware’ of the dangers of the ‘sitting disease’ but wanted to know more
  • Fewer than 5% were either unaware or simply not that bothered

So what does this mean?  We need to continue to educate humans on the health risks of sedentary behavior and encourage workers to Move! 

Standing at a desk is not moving, standing is still a static posture. 

This doesn't mean you need a height adjustable desk, instead, think of ways to incorporate more movement when you have a seated height desk such as standing while talking on the phone, having walking meetings or walk to a co-worker instead of messaging/calling.  If we take the time to change our habits during the work day, we can significantly improve our health and overall well-being! 

Check out the classes ErgoFit offers to educate your company on how to maximize the benefits of movement!



 

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