According to the latest findings, if you work the usual eight hours, you should spend two on your feet to begin with.
After reading this, you will probably want to get up. Namely, it is finally blamed how many hours you should spend sitting at work. In any case, if you were thinking about one of those modern standing jobs, it would not be bad to start shopping.
The average worker today spends 10 hours sitting. Most at work, in front of the computer (where we often even have lunch), and then at home watching TV or, again, in front of the home computer.
Health research has been warning us for a long time about all the harmful aspects of prolonged sitting: the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, depression, but also muscle and joint problems is growing. Some scientists even claim that office chairs are more detrimental to your health than smoking and that they indirectly kill more people than the HIV virus. And even exercising before and after work will not alleviate the harmful effects of sitting at work.
But now scientists have come up with official advice on how much time we should spend sitting and how much standing, which could drastically affect our business habits.
Namely, according to the official report of experts, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, we should start standing, moving and taking breaks for at least two of the eight hours we spend at work. But that’s not all. Then we should gradually extend the time on our feet, until we spend at least half of the working time, ie. four hours, standing.
Because our whole culture is based on sitting, so we always ask others if they are comfortable and want to sit, we know we have a lot of work ahead of us, said Gavin Bradley, director of the international group ‘Active Working’ which wants to reduce excessive sitting. Our first task is to get people to spend two hours at work not sitting. Either way, you just have to get up, Bradley warns.
Stand or walk whenever you can
If you are talking on the phone – get up, when you are in a meeting – you are standing, if you need to say something to a colleague – go to him and while standing, tell him that instead of calling him through the company. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, for a start at least when you go down. Go out to lunch, and don’t eat it in front of the computer.
Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. Enzymes that transfer bad fats from your arteries to the muscles, where they burn, move slowly. Your upper body muscles are disconnected. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops by 20 percent. If you get up for only five minutes, you will already improve the situation and start various activities in the body. These are such simple things that they are almost stupid, Bradley points out.
Scientists already knew about the connection between inactivity and higher levels of illness and mortality, as shown by research by bus drivers and postmen who worked in the office in the 1950s. And recent research has only brought worse and worse prognoses.
Today, we live a sedentary lifestyle, so the World Health Organization estimates that as many as 95 adults are not active enough, they do not even meet the minimum requirements to engage in moderate to intense physical activity five times a week.