Why Standing All Day May Be Just as Harmful as Sitting

When faced with the dilemma of whether to sit or stand during the work day, many health conscious people choose a standing desk set up because they believe it to be the healthier alternative. New research out of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the IWH are showing this may not be the case.


Standing at work

They studied 7,300 heart disease-free Ontario workers for 12 years, from 2003 to 2015, to compare their standing/sitting work habits with whether they developed heart disease. What they found is that workers who mainly stood – bank tellers, cashiers, chef and nurses for example – had higher rates of heart disease than workers who sat much of the day.

They correlated standing all day with increases in heart disease due to two factors: “the blood pooling in your legs and the other is by increased venous pressure in your body by trying to pump that blood back up to your heart.” To add to this, the Human Factors & Ergonomic Society (HFES) reported standing for long periods of time just as bad as sitting for long periods of time.

So what IS the best way to sit? We call it transitional sitting.

So if you sit most of the day, try to move more, and if you stand most of the day, try to work in sitting time. Transitional sitting is easy to achieve with the Muvman sit to stand chair. This ergonomic motion chair allows standing desk users to easily perch on the chair without having to lower the height of their workstation. Another option is the swopper High, which allows users an extra 4” of height while offering dynamic multi-dimensional movement.

Standing Desk Chair

With it’s ability to tilt forward and adjust height between 20 – 33″, Muvman allows you to reap the health benefits of standing AND sitting at once while staying in motion. Researchers agree that moving between sitting and standing while incorporating motion is the ideal work set up.

Click here to learn more about the Muvman and how it is the perfect chair for anyone looking to incorporate transitional sitting into their daily life. If you’re interested in swopper High, call us at 800-433-6614 for more information.


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