The debate between standing and sitting at work has been a topic of discussion for quite some time. With standing desks becoming more popular, it may be time to consider if standing at work is more beneficial for our health. But first, to understand which is best, we need to understand the impact of the two.
The Impact of Prolonged Sitting
As we all know, sitting for prolonged periods of time is not good for our health. However, as two-thirds of the Australian workforce works behind a desk, this is often our reality. Research has shown that the more sedentary lifestyle of a person, the more at risk they are for health issues including, heart disease, muscle imbalance, postural problems and back and neck problems.
When sitting all day, your body does not rely on your powerful lower body muscles to hold you up. Thus, when you don’t use your muscles, you lose them. As a result, this can lead to your muscles becoming weaker and increase the chance of injury.
The Impact of Prolonged Standing
When it comes to standing, working on your feet all day, every day can bring about a whole new range of health risks. Standing for extended periods of time can put pressure on the feet, legs, and lower back, leading to pain and discomfort. In addition to this, it can result in swelling of the legs, which can increase the risk of varicose veins. Varicose veins are the swollen and twisted veins that can impact your blood flow and circulation to your legs.
Standing for extended periods of time can increase the risk of injury, particularly if the individual is standing in one position or is not wearing supportive shoes. Overall, standing all day can be physically demanding and can lead to a range of negative health impacts.
Hybrid Workspace Set-Up
While there is no clear winner between standing and sitting at work, adapting both practices and finding a balance between the two may be the best option for your health. Whether you sit, stand, take breaks or stretch, moving your body throughout the day can significantly help prevent muscle imbalances and injury associated with prolonged periods of immobility.