You might think that sitting down can’t possibly harm you. Surely standing up is more dangerous, with a higher chance of falling over!
In reality, however, the opposite is true.
By sitting at your office chairs for too long, you’re actually potentially shortening your own life.
That sounds dramatic, but when you break it down, it’s actually true!
Sitting for long periods of time, either at home or at work is now referred to as ‘sitting disease’. You might wonder how this can possibly a disease, but to open your eyes to the seriousness of not moving around and stay in one position for long periods of time.
Now do you understand how serious it can be?
Sitting for too long can kill you if you don’t do anything about it. That’s not meant to scare or shock you, but it is meant to open your eyes to what a sedentary lifestyle can do over a long period of time.
Don’t panic, spending a day or two in your mesh chairs focusing on a particular project is not going to cause serious damage, but when this is ongoing and happens every single day, you could be putting yourself at risk of serious health complications in later life.
So, what can you do about it? The whole idea of working in an office is that you’re not doing heavy, manual work. You’re not outdoors all day, you’re not lifting and moving things around, and you’re not working a job which could be considered physically demanding. You’re sat at your office furniture, usually at a computer, and you’re working mentally more than physically. That makes addressing the sitting disease problem quite difficult, but not impossible by any means.
The key? Being mindful of how much you move around and how long you sit for. Active seating is something you could think about, which means that your body is actually getting a workout whilst you’re sitting down! You could also think about sitting for a period of time and then standing for a period of time perhaps using a height adjustable desk. Alternating between sitting and standing has been shown to boost concentration, so that means fewer mistakes and higher quality work in general.
Of course, make sure you get up and move around on your breaks, and when it’s your lunch break, why not head outside and go for a walk around the block? That will get your blood pumping, your breathing rate up a little, and you’ll also refocus your mind by sending extra oxygen to your brain. Fresh air and exercise also boost your mood, so it’s a no-brainer in many ways! If you can enlist the company of a colleague, you’ll get a social boost and both feel much better by the time you arrive back in the office for the rest of your afternoon’s work.
Employers should also highlight the importance of getting regular exercise and moving around more during the working day, by talking about sitting disease during mandatory training sessions. Many office workers don’t know about sitting disease, but with more focus on increasing awareness, perhaps we can all do something about lowering the risks.
Another good idea is to think about standing meetings or walking meetings, rather than regular, usually quite long-winded meetings in the boardroom. Standing or walking meetings are known to reduce the time spent discussing issues and ensure that action points are decided upon and noted down far quicker. Of course, you’re also getting exercise at the same time, so there are several benefits to be had by utilising just one idea!
Being more aware of the very serious dangers of sitting disease means that something can be done about reducing the risks.
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