What Research Says About The Healthiest Way to Sit at Work

By now we know that sitting is the new smoking, and that prolonged standing also has health risks. So what IS the healthiest way to sit?

healthiest way to sit

In a study out last year in the Journal of Epidemiology on 7,000 office workers, it was determined that the risk of cardiovascular disease with occupations combining sitting, standing, and walking may be lower than occupations people stay in one position for prolonged periods.

It seems again and again, science shows that the answer isn’t sitting vs. standing, but a combination of both. The idea of transitional sitting means to keep your body moving through various positions throughout the day – ie moving between sitting, standing and perching.

Our bodies are meant to move. Think about it. Our ancestors didn’t sit or stand for long periods of time. They were constantly moving –  hunting, gathering and resting. Our modern lifestyle of staying in one position for long stretches of time goes against our very nature.

Many researchers say the way to combat the negative affects of being sedentary is to get up and move every 30 minutes. That can be highly disruptive when you’re in a flow state at work. Who wants to stop what they’re doing and go walk every 30 minutes anyway?

So how can you master transitional sitting? The best way is to utilize an height adjustable desk and ergonomic work chair – like the Muvman stool.

height adjustable chair

Muvman allows you to sit, stand and perch while also supporting movement side to side, forward and backwards. It’s height adjustable range of 20 – 33″ allows you to easily adapt to any workspace. The tall version adds additional height with a 23.5 to 36″ range of height – perfect for users 6 feet or taller.

When your workspace is set up for height adjustments, you are able to sit when you want to rest, stand when you feel motivated and perch for those in between times. The movement of the Muvman chair also lets you keep your hips moving, core muscles engaged and legs active. This movement is near constant, which is how we were meant to work.

If you’re looking for the healthiest way to sit, the research is clear … combine sitting, standing and perching while also keeping in motion to unlock the healthiest way to work.


Leave a Reply