On June 1, 2015 the British Journal of Sports Medicine released a consensus statement regarding desk workers and activity. That statement recommended desk workers should be standing for at least 2 hours per day and slowly build that up to 4 hours per day.
Ways to break up seating based task work include:
- Periodically standing up to work
- Using sit/stand desks
- Taking short active standing breaks
According to Allan Hedge, PhD at the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornwell University NY, “studies show that interspersing periods of sitting with standing and moving/strolling benefits circulatory function and helps regulate risk factors for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.”
Studies are also starting to show that moving more than 2 hours per day changes cardiometabolic and ergonomic risk factors such as, energy expenditure, blood glucose, insulin levels, muscle function and joint sensation.
Those who might be concerned that standing will increase your risk of neck or lower back pain can be assured that there is no causal link between working on your feet and neck and lower back pain. But it should be noted that a standing static posture, should be avoided as much as prolonged sitting.
Sources: Desk Workers Should Stand, Walk 2 hours During Workday, The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity. Expert statement commissioned by Public Health England and the Active Working Community Interest Company