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To sit or stand at work?

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Shreveporter Matt Bailey, Acting Dean of Enrollment and Communication at Centenary College of Louisiana, inherited a stand-up desk from a former colleague and he has enjoyed his standing desk for several months now. He says he has more energy and better concentration.

Prolonged sitting, independent of physical activity, is linked to various negative health conditions. Studies show there's a risk of premature mortality; chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.  In contrast, breaks in prolonged sitting time are linked to beneficial metabolic profiles among adults, suggesting that frequent breaks in sedentary activity may explain lower health risk related to waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), triglyceride levels, and plasma glucose levels.

In the contemporary workplace, many workers spend more than half of their entire work day seated, so the workplace represents a community venue for the promotion of physical activity and the reduction of sedentary time.  Attempts to reduce sedentary behavior at work through things like stand-up desks to stimulate breaks in sitting time have shown promise. However, there is still a lack of evidence when it comes to the effectiveness of such devices. 

Some of the possible health benefits that have been reported with regular use of sit-stand workstations are listed below.
  • Standing more while at work decreases the amount of time spent in sedentary work
  • Standing more helps relieve pressure on the lower back, buttocks and legs, and may help reduce compression of the spine arising from long periods of sitting
  • Standing more may improve energy levels Standing more frequently may improve cognition
  • Standing may increase circulation and lead to better blood flow to the brain and other organs
  • Standing more burns more calories than sitting
  • Standing more may assist with energy balance and aid in weight management
  • Standing more may improve bone density over time
  • Standing more may promote better sleep
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