The average British adult sits for 9 hours a day, double the safe limit. Prolonged sitting in the workplace can contribute to major health issues regardless of how physically active you are.
Excessive sitting leads to tight back muscles and soft abdominal muscles which lead to bad posture causing muscle degeneration. After 90 minutes of sitting, your metabolism shuts down and the body’s cells become less responsive, this is just the start of it, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, depression and even dementia have all been linked to physical inactivity and excessive sitting. Being active can reduce these risks however we should mix up our time between sitting and standing.
In Scandinavia more than 80% of office workers have sit-stand desks, in the UK it’s less than 1%.
Take a stand and start making an improvement in your wellness in the workplace today!