Do you sit at a desk all day?
Many of us do, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a novelist writing your next blockbuster in an attic at home or one of the many of us who get the commuter train to a big office each morning – sitting at a desk all day isn’t ideal for the health.
Perhaps just a little bit worrying was the news last year that even going to the gym after a day of desk sitting doesn’t cancel out the negative effects of too much desk sitting. Obviously it’s still important to get exercise – and those who did exercise were found to have better health than those who didn’t. But the fact remained that there was an increased risk of some health conditions for those who sit too long.
It makes sense really – as humans we evolved to be active – to go running around, finding food and just generally be the fun-loving mammals we are.
But we all have to earn a living, and the massive number of office workers all around the world contribute massively to the economy globally. So what is the solution to all this?
One of the answers is simply making sure people are getting enough desk breaks – it’s long been accepted that we all need a screen break now and then, so perhaps it might be a good opportunity for a study into the ratio of time spent sitting to time spent standing during the day. Dual level desks have been around for a while now, too. These work by allowing the user to alternate between being a sedentary and a standing position during the day.
And while there are no figures (yet) to prove this, it’s a good bet that alternating between sitting and standing could well be beneficial for productivity as well as health.