anyone Who sits a lot and little moves, just doesn’t live healthy. However, for people who work in the office, is usually the largest part of the everyday working life in a Sitting position. How can I change that?

there is A possibility of height-adjustable desks are: you can work alternately in a Standing or Sitting. Although this is still a little movement, but probably sit better than just.

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A Team of British and Australian researchers has now examined in more detail, how much time office workers spend on a table standing, and whether this, among other things, their attitude to work changes or you have less back pain suffering.

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The Team of Charlotte Edwardson from the University of Leicester was accompanied by a year-long 146 employees. 80 percent were women, the mean age was 41 years. About half of the participants received a height-adjustable table, and in the other nothing has changed.

To determined the beginning of the study and after three, six and twelve months, the researcher spent as much time with the participant in a Sitting position. The subjects wore a week a kind of step counter, which can also distinguish whether someone sits or stands.

To the beginning of the study, there was no difference between the two groups. On average, the participants spent around 73 percent of their working time in a Sitting position, which corresponded to just under six hours. Overall, they were sitting on the day nearly ten hours, the researchers report in the journal “BMJ”.

With a height-adjustable table is changed: The participants spent after three and after six months, around one hour less time Sitting than those subjects with a fixed table, at the end of the study, there were even about 80 minutes.

What was the impact?

anyone Who thinks a height-adjustable table makes all the back problems disappear – it’s not that simple, unfortunately, according to the study. Answered the beginning of the study, all the participants, almost neck in the preceding twelve months of at least once or back had pain. Even after a year with a height-adjustable table, the problems with the study participants, which were not vanished, but it is something more rare than in the control group.

in addition, the participants were able to alternately sit or stand were exhausted, according to his own statements more motivated, more efficient and less. This is consistent with a previous investigation, the employees with sit-Stand tables also were more productive than their forcibly seated colleagues.

Moving is better than standing

Whether the long-term health promotes, however, is questionable. Probably the back benefited the most. In an accompanying article in “BMJ” researcher Cindy Gray: “Many of the measures that Sit by Are just will be replaced, have no relevant impact on risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.” The advantages, however, quickly, when someone moves, instead of sitting, Gray.

years ago, scientists had proposed a number of measures for the office workers to bring more movement into the everyday work. In addition to height-adjustable tables, these are:

breaks, in which one stands or moves, technical measures, such as recurring alarms, which refer to the fact that get Up now, the installation of conference rooms, kitchens, and toilets on other floors than the jobs, and conferences in the host.


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