Office Workers: Rise Up

Do you feel like most of your life is spent sitting behind a desk?

Read the latest article from Providence Fall 2015 Magazine to find out why you should do something about it.

It’s well known that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health and that
desk work is a big contribution to that lifestyle. Now, however, medical
experts are proposing the first-ever guidance on how much time office
workers should be on their feet in the course of a normal working day:
two hours. Ideally, the authors of the study suggest, workers should
spend up to four hours a day standing while they work.
The advice comes on the heels of studies showing that prolonged
periods of sitting, not just inactivity, raises the risk of several
diseases and premature death. The report estimates that between
65 and 75 percent of working hours are spent sitting. The report was
published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
• Aim for two hours daily of standing and light activity
(light walking) during working hours, eventually progressing
to a total of four hours for all office workers whose jobs are
predominantly desk-based.
• Regularly break up sitting-based work with standing-based work
using adjustable sit-stand desks/workstations.
• Avoid prolonged static standing, which may be as harmful as
prolonged sitting.
• Alter posture to alleviate possible musculoskeletal pain
and fatigue.
• Embrace other healthy behaviors, such as cutting down on drinking
and smoking, eating a nutritious diet and alleviating stress.

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