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The Sit – Stand desk revolution is coming

Recent Research recommends people abandon their office chairs for at least two hours a day

Office workers should abandon their office seating for half their working day to reduce their risk of heart attacks, cancer, or diabetes, according to new guidance recommending people spend at least two hours and preferably four a day on their feet

Businesses should provide desks which people can stand at, and allow workers to have regular breaks to walk around, according to the new study, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) and the Active Working Community Interest Company

Office workers should spend at least two hours a day “standing and light activity (light walking) during working hours, eventually progressing to a total accumulation of 4 hours” recommends the first ever British guidance designed to curb the health risks of too much time sitting down

It also makes good business sense: “including economic savings and benefits from improved productivity, profitability, and reduced sickness and absenteeism.”

But compared to other countries, Britain is far behind in promoting physical movement in the workplace.  While 90 per cent of office workers in Scandinavia now have access to sit–stand workstations, only one per cent of UK workers have this choice, according to the study. It recommends that employers look at how to give their staff breaks to allow them to stand and move around, as well as having workplaces designed to allow people to work more easily either at their desk or other parts of the office while standing up.

The CBI have said: “Companies will generally take a common sense approach, and office design can be changed to encourage different ways of working, but ultimately firms will seek to balance the practicalities of time spent away from desks with the needs of the business.”

Famous people who adopted Sit –Stand long before this include:-

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill would often work on his book manuscripts standing at a specially-made upright desk at his home in Kent

Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, stood at a tall desk to draw up architectural plans for buildings like the Virginia State Capitol.

Virginia Woolf wrote novels while standing at a special, high desk.

Leonardo Da Vinci was also said to have worked using a standing desk

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Posted by Chris Johnson on 5 June 2015