The latest scientific research has shown that if you are working eight hours per day, you should at least spend two on your feet. Most people work in front of the computer (and often they even eat in front of monitor), then at home in front of the television or, again, the computer.
Some scientists even claim that the office chairs can be more damaging to your health than smoking, and indirectly they kill more people than HIV virus! Even exercise before and after work hours will not alleviate the adverse effects of sitting this long at work.
The average worker today spends 10 hours sitting!
Experts have now come up with a formal response to the question of how much time should we spend sitting and how much standing, which could drastically affect our business habits.
According to the latest report of experts, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, you should stand for at least two of the eight hours you spend at work.
But that’s not all.
You should then gradually extend the time spent on your feet until you spend at least part-time, four hours, standing up.
“Since our whole culture is based on sitting, we always ask others whether they are comfortable and want to sit,” said Gavin Bradley, director of the international organization “Active Working” committed to reducing excessive sitting.
“Our first task is to encourage people to spend two hours at work standing up. It doesn’t matter how you achieve it, it is important just to get up,” warns Bradley.
So if you’re on the phone – get up, when you’re in a meeting – stand up, if you need to say something to a colleague – go to him and tell him, standing instead via chat. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Go to lunch, do not eat in front of the computer.
“The metabolism slows down for almost 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that carry bad fats from your arteries to the muscles move slowly. The muscles of the upper body are shutting down. And after two hours, the good cholesterol decreases by 20 percent. If you get up for only five minutes it will improve the situation and initiate various activities in the body. These are so simple things that are almost stupid,” said Bradley.
Scientists already knew about the connection between inactivity and higher morbidity and mortality, which are demonstrated by research which involved bus drivers and postmen who worked in the office even in the 1950s. Recent research, unfortunately, brought much worse prognosis.
Today we live sedentary lifestyle and World Health Organization estimates that as many as 95% of the adult population are insufficiently active and do not even fulfill the minimum for a weekly moderate physical activity.