Sitting down at work no worse for health
A study has found that sitting down at work is no worse for a person’s health than standing up, as long as regular exercise is taken. Researchers at Exeter University and University College London studied more than 5,000 people over a 16 year period, and their findings suggest that both sitting and standing still can be detrimental to health. The findings come after the introduction of sit-stand work stations that are being put in place to improve working environments, but the study undermines the health benefits that this type of work station was originally thought to have.
The report challenges NHS recommendations to have breaks from sitting every 30 minutes, as excessive sitting is deemed “bad for your health.” However, the research found that sitting down at work or during leisure time had no influence on mortality risk, going against NHS advice that suggests sitting down for too long can lead to a premature death.
What do you think? Does it matter if you sit down for a long period of time at work or is it better to take breaks or even work standing up?