The Facts

What we know about sitting and standing

In our modern sedentary culture we sit way too much. That’s clearly the conclusion of the research. But that research also highlights the obvious remedy: standing!

About Sitting

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) agrees that sitting for extended periods of time can be bad for personal health. Their newly adopted policy recommends business organizations offer sitting alternatives, including standing desks.
  • Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” ~ James Levine, MD, PhD
  • Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” ~ Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Combating sitting disease with added gym-time may not work: most people don’t have time for MORE exercise, and more exercise time may not even reverse sitting disease.
  • Global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day, and some results estimate people sit up to 15 hours a day. Calculate your daily sitting time.

About Standing

  • The obvious remedy to sitting disease is standing—while you compute or do any number of activities. Here are eight easy ways to stand more.
  • Standing is like walking: It increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow and ramps up metabolism.
  • Standing all day may not be healthy or practical—people naturally want to sit at times to rest or when intensely concentrating.
  • A recent study published by the CDC indicates adjustable sit-to-stand products are an effective solution for reducing prolonged sitting. You can instantaneously sit or stand as you choose while remaining effectively engaged with your computer. Read more.
  • The testimonials prove it: People really like to stand!

Defining the Problem

What workers said – June, 2013  

  • Awareness of sitting disease 7%
  • Belief that excessive sitting = early death 74%
  • Those who feel at risk of sitting disease 48%
 
Ergotron JustStand Index Report

The Ergotron JustStand Index Report
A survey and analysis of office workers on the effects of sitting. Read it now.

 
If you are reading this while sitting down, you might want to stand up for a moment.
~ WebMD.com

Infographics

Infographic: Take-a-Stand Project
Take-a-Stand Project
Infographic: Sitting Disease by the Numbers
Sitting Disease by Numbers
Infographic: 2 of 3 Workers Want “Sit or Stand” Choice
Workers Want Choice
Infographic: The WorkFit Survey
The WorkFit Survey
Infographic: Reducing Sitting Time
Reducing Sitting Time
Infographic: Health Benefits Associated with Standing
Health Benefits of Standing
 
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