Sitting and Standing
To Burn Calories- Standing
According to studies standing at a desk increases calorie burn by 20 percent compared to sitting. Why? When we sit, our muscles are not engaged, our digestive system slows and blood circulation is gradual. So if you find yourself chained to the desk most of the time, stand up every 20 minutes and go to the printer, get a drink of water, take a stretch or pace while talking on the phone.
Boosting Productivity- Sitting
Tasks requiring intense concentration or fine motor skills are done better seated. Why? When it comes to precision skills, the brain prefers to deal with demands one task at a time, and standing may disrupt this process. Studies have shown that standing at work contributes to more typing mistakes and slower mouse speed. To ensure your day is a productive one, work on difficult tasks in 90 minute blocks, followed by a short 15-minute break. This work-break cycle aligns with our bodies circadium rythms (our body clock), helping us get the most out of our work day, without sitting for hours.
Improving Posture- Sitting
It may surprise you, but sitting is the winner. When we stand, especially for longer periods, we are more likely to lean and slouch because we tire faster. This can lead to muscle imbalances and back pain, especially for those who are overweight. Better chairs and workplace ergonomics ensure screen height and keyboard distance are aligned correctly for optimal posture. Sitting upright with your shoulders back and core engaged helps prevent tight muscles and back pain – so perk up and remind yourself to reset your posture often.
Living Longer- Standing
We’ve all heard by now that ‘sitting is the new smoking'; long bouts of sitting can increase our risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even premature death. These risks remain high even if we exercise often, but spend most of our waking hours in a chair or on the couch. Recent studies show that if we replace as little as two minutes of sitting each hour with gentle walking, we can lower the risk of premature death by about 33 percent. Just another reason to get up and move often! Take regular breaks from sitting every 30 minutes and remember, every little bit of movement adds up.