Health

Standing more can lower your risk of serious health issues ranging from cancer to early mortality.

Mind

Standing more can increase your energy and productivity levels, lower your stress and improve your mood.

Body

Standing more can boost your metabolism, tone muscles, and even reduce common aches and pains.

SupportsBone Health

Bones, like muscles, require regular movement to maintain strength – low-level activity helps improve your bone health.

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SupportsBone Health

Bones, like muscles, require regular movement to maintain strength – low-level activity helps improve your bone health.


Weight-bearing activities that promote balance and good posture are beneficial for your bones1


Screen-based sedentary behaviors are negatively associated with bone health in youth2

6+ hours


Women can lose up to 1% of bone mass a year by sitting 6+ hours per day3

EnhancesBrain Power

Standing delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain through improved blood flow.

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EnhancesBrain Power

Standing delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain through improved blood flow.

50%


Those who maintain regular bouts of activity reduce risk of cognitive decline by 50%1


Physical activity enhances neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells) in regions of the brain associated with critical thinking2


In the classroom
Studies show that movement strengthens learning and improves memory and retrieval3


In the office
Studies show movement is linked to improved concentration and greater productivity

BurnsCalories

When you're moving, fat-burning enzymes stay activated, burning far more calories than when you’re sitting. It adds up over time and contributes to weight control.

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BurnsCalories

When you're moving, fat-burning enzymes stay activated, burning far more calories than when you’re sitting. It adds up over time and contributes to weight control.

50 calories


Standing burns 50 calories more per hour than sitting1

5.2 lbs


Standing for an extra 30 minutes a day can result in 5.2 lbs of weight loss2

30%


Burn 30% more calories standing than sitting3

Reduces risk ofCancer

Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. Research has suggested that regular movement boosts natural antioxidants that kill cell-damaging - and potentially cancer-causing - free radicals.

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Reduces risk ofCancer

Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. Research has suggested that regular movement boosts natural antioxidants that kill cell-damaging - and potentially cancer-causing - free radicals.

1-2
minutes


1-2 minute breaks from sitting each hour is enough to lower risk factors of cancer1

40%


Those who are physically active have a 40% decrease in cancer mortality2

92k


92,000 cases of breast and colon cancer in the US each year are linked to a lack of physical activity1

65%


In women, sitting 6+ hours a day has been linked to a 65% greater risk of multiple myeloma3

21-25%


Physical activity is estimated to be responsible for 21-25% of breast and colon cancers4

Reduces risk ofCardiovascular Disease

Reducing sedentary time is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death due to heart attack.

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Reduces risk ofCardiovascular Disease

Reducing sedentary time is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death due to heart attack.

45%


Those who are active have a 45% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease1

64%


Men who report 23+ hours a week of sedentary activity (3 hours per day) have a greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease2

8+ hours


Doubled risk of cardiovascular disease if you sit 8+ hours a day3

1/2 risk


1/2 risk of heart attack in women who are physically active 3+ hours per week4

30%


30% of ischemic heart disease cases are associated with sedentary lifestyles5

increasesCirculation

Blood circulation is crucial to good health, but sitting can impede blood flow affecting every system of the body.

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increasesCirculation

Blood circulation is crucial to good health, but sitting can impede blood flow affecting every system of the body.

10 minutes


Within 10 minutes circulation can be negatively impacted from sitting1


Prolonged sitting leads to poor circulation, which is strongly linked to varicose veins and blood clots2

70%


Sedentary behavior for 2-5 hours a day increased the risk of fatal blood clots by 70%3

Reduces risk ofDiabetes

As the rate of those affected with Type 2 diabetes continues to increase, breaking up sedentary time can aid in managing insulin levels and reducing that risk, as there is a significant correlation between excessive sitting and diabetes.

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Reduces risk ofDiabetes

As the rate of those affected with Type 2 diabetes continues to increase, breaking up sedentary time can aid in managing insulin levels and reducing that risk, as there is a significant correlation between excessive sitting and diabetes.


Interrupting sitting time can be effective in lowering postprandial glucose and insulin levels1

27%


27% of diabetes is caused by physical inactivity2

1 hour


1 hour of sitting may increase diabetes risk by a fifth3

2x


A sedentary lifestyle can double your risk of diabetes4

Reduces risk ofEarly Mortality

Research has found strong links between sedentary behavior and a variety of serious health problems, which increase the risk of early mortality.

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Reduces risk ofEarly Mortality

Research has found strong links between sedentary behavior and a variety of serious health problems, which increase the risk of early mortality.

4th leading


Physical inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for death1

30%


Replacing 1 hour of sitting with low-level activity - like walking - can reduce mortality by 30%2

22 minutes


Every hour you sit, you can slash your life expectancy by nearly 22 minutes3

50%


Sitting for 4+ hours per day results in a 50% increased greater risk of death4

increasesEnergy

Standing is a simple but underrated remedy to increase alertness and receive a natural jolt of energy.

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increasesEnergy

Standing is a simple but underrated remedy to increase alertness and receive a natural jolt of energy.

Every hour


Engaging in short bouts of activity every hour has been shown to increase energy1

87%


87% of employees reported increased energy levels after using a standing desk2

37%


of employees reported high levels of energy in the middle of the day when incorporating small and frequent movements3

increases ability toFocus

Standing on the job promotes a greater mental awareness, which leads to far greater productivity and improved concentration. Low-level movement can also reduce pain and discomfort, allowing people to better focus.

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increases ability toFocus

Standing on the job promotes a greater mental awareness, which leads to far greater productivity and improved concentration. Low-level movement can also reduce pain and discomfort, allowing people to better focus.

10 minutes


10 minutes of movement is all it takes to increase mental focus1

71%


71% of employees reported feeling more focused after reducing sitting time by 1 hour

46%


When using a standing desk, productivity increases by up to 46%2

supportsHeart Health

Subtle movement - even standing - breaks up prolonged sitting and promotes higher HDL (“good” cholesterol) and lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) which in turn can improve blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attack.

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supportsHeart Health

Subtle movement - even standing - breaks up prolonged sitting and promotes higher HDL (“good” cholesterol) and lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) which in turn can improve blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attack.


Muscles burn less fat and blood flows more slowly during prolonged sitting which leads to clogged arteries and fatty liver disease

33%


After 3 hours of uninterrupted sitting, young girls experience 33% reduced vascular function1


Increases in sedentary behavior have been associated with increased blood pressure among children, teenagers and adults2

2 hours


Every 2 hours saw 11% lower triglyceride levels and 6% lower total HDL-cholesterol ratio3

boostsMetabolism

Alternating between sitting and standing increases the enzymes needed tometabolize food.

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boostsMetabolism

Alternating between sitting and standing increases the enzymes needed tometabolize food.

20 minutes


20 minutes in any fixed position starts to inhibit your metabolism1

4 hours


4 hours of inactivity causes a near shut-down of an enzyme that controls fat and cholesterol metabolism2

90%


When you sit, the production of enzymes that help you break down fat drops by 90%3

improvesMood State

Moving muscles pumps fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, which releases mood enhancing chemicals.

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improvesMood State

Moving muscles pumps fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, which releases mood enhancing chemicals.

100%


Of workers reported positive effects on mood states after reducing sitting time

7 weeks


Employees reported improved mood states after using a sit-stand desk for 7 weeks1


Incorporating movement has shown to enhance employee enthusiasm and job satisfaction2


Incorporating movement in the classroom has been shown to enhance learner motivation and morale3

4+ hours


Sitting for 6+ hours during the workday puts you at a higher risk for anxiety and depression4

tonesMuscles

When you're moving, fat-burning enzymes stay activated, burning far more calories than when you’re sitting. It adds up over time and contributes to weight control.

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tonesMuscles

Standing enlists large muscle groups along with the vestibular system which controls balance.Unused, weak muscles leave your joints unstable and prone to injury and chronic pain.


When you stand, your abdominal muscles are tensed and tightened, but when you sit, those muscles go unused, ultimately leading to a weak mid-section


Sitting makes our hips very tight, which in turn, can affect our posture, balance and make it harder to move freely


The glutes weaken from lack of use (referred to as dormant butt syndrome) and become soft and undefined1

Reduces risk ofOsteoporosis

People who are more active have a lower risk of osteoporosis than those who are more sedentary.

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Reduces risk ofOsteoporosis

People who are more active have a lower risk of osteoporosis than those who are more sedentary.


Scientists partly attribute the recent surge in cases of osteoporosis to lack of activity1


Bone loss progresses much faster in people who are physically inactive2


People who spend a lot of time sitting have a higher risk of osteoporosis than those who are more active3

aids inPain Relief

Our bodies were made to stand, so maintaining the seated position is physically stressful. Body pain, herniated discs, damaged nerves, degenerated joints and dementia to name a few.

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aids inPain Relief

Our bodies were made to stand, so maintaining the seated position is physically stressful. Body pain, herniated discs, damaged nerves, degenerated joints and dementia to name a few.

54%


54% of workers reported reduced upper back and neck pain when sitting time was decreased1

78%


78% of workers with chronic low back pain reported a pain-free day2

#1 cause


Lower back pain is #1 cause of job related disability and top risk factor for absenteeism3

$85 billion


Due to low back pain associated with sedentary behavior, $85 billion is lost in healthcare, lost income and productivity costs2

improvesPosture

Standing (with proper posture!) puts the spine into a more naturally aligned position, as opposed to hunching over your desk.

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improvesPosture

Standing (with proper posture!) puts the spine into a more naturally aligned position, as opposed to hunching over your desk.


Craning your neck forward can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to damage that is difficult to repair1

20 minutes


20 minutes is all it takes before bad posture and slouching deforms your ligaments2


The very act of sitting puts added pressure on your spine and compresses the disks that make up your back. So when the posture breaks down, it causes many spinal problems2

fightsSitting Disease

Standing more helps combat “Sitting Disease” - a term coined by the scientific community, it’s commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.

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fightsSitting Disease

Standing more helps combat “Sitting Disease” - a term coined by the scientific community, it’s commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.

15%


Only 15% of people are aware of sitting disease1

12+ hours


The average American spends 12+ hours sitting each day, putting them at risk for sitting disease1

47%


47% of people believe they are at risk for sitting disease1

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