The average person in Britain now spends 60% of their time sitting down! For some of us that means spending up to 12 hours a day sitting down looking at computers, tablets, phones or televisions. Scary isn’t it?
This is known as sedentary behaviour, which can lead to increased risks of
- Type II Diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Musculoskeletal Disorders.
The more we can move at work the better! Alternating between sitting down and standing up throughout the day can help prevent the health problems associated with sedentary behaviours.
Standing as part of your working day has been shown to be good for your health since the 1950’s, when studies showed that bus conductors who spent their working day standing had half the risk of developing heart disease compared to their bus driver colleagues who spent their working day sitting. More recently, a 2011 study by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found that those who used standing desks at work felt happier, healthier and less stressed.
Standing at work can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that standing can burn around 50 calories per hour. That may not sound like much but if you stood for 3 hours a day, 5 days per week, over the course of a year that would burn 30,000 calories which is equivalent to 8lbs of fat.
How Can I Be More Active At Work?
There’s lot of things you can do to be more active at work, have you tried any of the list below?
Try a standing desk – there are a couple of standing desks located in Marischal College, on 4th Floor West and on Ground Floor North.
Regular breaks away from your desk – get up to walk to printer, or do a lap round the office! You should try to get up and away from your desk at least once per hour. This will help protect your eyes from strain and reduce risks of musculoskeletal problems.
Go and speak instead of sending an email – if you can, why not get up and go speak to a colleague instead of sending an email? That way you can take a break from your screen.
Stand up to answer the phone – standing up to speak on the phone is a good way to be more active at work.
Take the stairs between floors instead of the lift – if you’re working in a building with more than one floor, take the stairs between the floors instead of the lifts.