Stand up: Not a comedy act but a way of life

November 20, 2015

According to a study from the University of Iowa, standing instead of sitting is the best way to live your life.


Lucas Carr, an assistant professor from the University of Iowa, said that heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are all risks that workers must deal with when sitting for more than eight hours a day.


How will people begin to fix this problem of sitting? Sit-stand desks are the answer. The study says sit-stand desks that allowed employees to stand up for a total of 60 minutes per day received health benefits from it. The study also found that employees burn 87 more calories a day and walked more than six minutes at work versus those who sat.


“There are health benefits to standing versus sitting,” associate professor of Health and Human Performance Nancy Van Hoozier said. “It will raise the metabolic rate of an individual and engage the postural muscles of the body. We are built to move. Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway both used standing desks.”


Why is standing such a big deal in the work environment?


“The idea here is to redesign the work environment, because most of us will be working for anywhere between 20 and 30 years,” Carr said. “So if somebody is sitting for 40 hours a week and for 30 years, you can imagine how those things would build up.” 


Even in workplaces with no sit-stand desks, doctors still recommend that workers take a break from sitting at their desks at least once every hour. Taking this break would result in better flow of blood pressure, which in return can lead to less obesity.


 Priority Health, a health company from Grand Rapids, is hoping to take on the new trend. According to reports, all 1,200 employees will have sit-stand desks in the next two years. Their goal as a company is to keep from employees sitting all day and gaining obesity and back problems.