Standing on the Question: Is Sitting Bad for Health?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015  |  Rebekah

Are standing desks the answer?

Research continues to explore the link between illness and sedentary lifestyle. Myriad research suggests sitting too long is deemed an independent risk factor to health problems with guidelines in place for advice on healthy sitting and standing practices.

“The advice applies to everyone, even people who exercise regularly, because too much sitting is now recognised as an independent risk factor for ill health” explains NHS article: Why sitting too much is bad for your health

Experts believe there is something specific about the act of sitting or lying for too long that is bad for our health. 
One of the largest pieces of research to date on the subject – involving almost 800,000 people – found that, compared with those who sat the least, people who sat the longest had a: 

  • 112% increase in risk of diabetes 
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events 
  • 90% increase in death caused by cardiovascular events 
  • 49% increase in death from any cause 

Content above supplied by NHS choices

Content above supplied by NHS Choices

Will offices in the UK change to standing desks in 2016?

One desk has been specifically designed to help those looking for a healthier way to work- the VARIDESK. 

The innovative VARIDESK Sit Stand range of desks allows workers to sit or stand and was designed to address the negative side-effects of being seated for the majority of the working day. Standing at work isn't a far fetched notion. 

The VERIDESK is a retrofit adjustable platform that sits on top of your existing desk. When you need to stand and work, you can raise the desk up using the handles on either side. Simply stand up to use your computer as normal. 

  • These desks are a clever, adjustable solution to combating the negative effects that our sedentary lifestyles are creating. In most modern offices, workers are sitting down all day (that’s usually longer than 8 hours a day)
  • Research suggests that even exercise independent of your sitting down time is not counteracting the negative effects of sitting down on our health, which means we need a new way to work
  • We believe effective office floor planning can offer UK workers the opportunity to stand and work, with the desk allowing a transition back to sitting when necessary 

If you’re looking for a seamless standing desk solution for your working space, the VARIDESK offers up the opportunity to transform your existing desk into a ‘standing’ desk with ease. 

Do you use a standing desk? Or perhaps your health professional suggested you work at one? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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