Standing Vs Sitting At Work

Standing Or Sitting At Work – Which Is Best For My Health  

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. 

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.