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Standing Office & Changing Habits

Dec 01, 2020

Recently, British researchers suggested to office workers who work at the desk: It is better to switch from sitting office to standing office, because this will help reduce weight and improve blood circulation.

John Barkley, a sports scientist in clinical science and nutrition at the University of Chester in the United Kingdom, said that standing office for 3 hours a day can consume 144 calories and lose 3.6 kilograms of fat in a year. He suggests that anyone who is worried about eating too much food during the holiday season should consider standing and working instead of sitting there. The current desk can adjust the table top, allowing people to stand comfortably to type and send and receive emails.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) quoted Barkley on the 9th and reported that “there is no need to sit for long periods of time.” “People sitting in office, sitting in the car, sitting in front of the TV in the living room, the metabolic rate is reduced to the lowest level. Violating the laws of nature, because the human body is for standing and walking".

Standing in office, Barkley practiced. His desk is an "antique" inclined desk produced in the 1940s, allowing people to stand and work. He said: "Small changes in habits, such as standing office, can have a huge impact on health."

A study by the School of Epidemiology and Public Health of the University of London in the United Kingdom showed that sitting for long periods of time is harmful to your health. Sitting and watching TV or using a computer for more than 2 hours a day doubles the risk of heart disease and increases the risk of premature death. Physical exercise cannot be eliminated.

The American Cancer Society surveyed nearly 125,000 people and found that compared with women who sit for less than 3 hours a day, women who sit for more than 6 hours a day have a 37% higher chance of death; among male respondents, sitting for more than 6 hours a day is more than 3 hours a day. The probability of death is 18% higher. Researchers say that regardless of whether physical exercise is regular or not, sitting for a long time has an important effect on metabolism, which may lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

Standing work is becoming a trend. Some companies in the United States have replaced traditional desks with height-adjustable desks to make it easier for employees to stand up. Business managers find that in addition to benefiting employees’ health, doing so can also help improve work efficiency.

Donovan McNatt, a distributor of height-adjustable desks, said that the customers who bought this desk initially were mainly technology companies in San Francisco and other places. Later, government agencies and academic institutions gradually increased their customers.

The British Ministry of Health issued a health guide in 2011, stating that even if you can't stand up to work, you might as well stand up and walk every 30 to 40 minutes; instead of taking the elevator, climb the stairs; ride a bicycle or walk to and from get off work.