The Facts

The Facts: Sit-Stand Basics

Understanding our sedentary culture

In our modern sedentary culture we sit way too much. But a growing body of scientific research also highlights an 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 policy recommends 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!

Why Stand?

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