So we know that sitting is the new smoking, and that we should get up and move regularly.
What about standing? Is that the new knight in shining armour? Stand all day at work and you will be fine?
It’s not as simple as that.
There is evidence that prolonged standing also is associated with health related issues. Part of the problem is that standing is also a stagnant position. The key is to build movement into your working day. More support for our “movement movement”.
Think of how you use your body on the weekends… there is a natural flow to how your posture will vary over the course of the course of the day. Standing sometimes, wandering around slowly, bending, stretching, sitting for a while, walking… our bodies crave this variation and our body systems rely on movement.
Movement helps to promote circulation of fluids and movement is the key to variation in the pressures on our body both directly and postural.
So is a standing desk helpful? Maybe? But it’s not the silver bullet solution many hope it will be. I have seen organisations make the switch at great effort and expense to height adjustable workstations…. Only too come back in a few months later and see 95% of the workers sitting. Other organisations make a similar switch and it has benefits. In those cases the switch is combined with a “culture” of movement that pervades the organisation. Movement becomes the new norm!
If a standing desk, or height adjustable desk encourages movement and postural variation then likely yes it is helpful. But, don’t simply replace prolonged sitting with prolonged standing. You are simply shifting from one set of issues to another.
Remember some of our key tips for building movement into our day includes:
- Drinking lots
- Walking messages to your colleagues
- Engaging in walking meetings at work
- Stand up to talk on the phone
- Use your lunch break to get outside
- Taking a theraband to work to exercise with
- Using ergonomic set ups that facilitate movement
And the list goes on… where there’s a will, there’s many a way! Good sleep and having the energy helps a lot too!
For more information on how to build movement into your day visit here.
Have a healthy and productive day!