Office Workers Using Standing Desks are Healthier and More Productive

Office Workers Using Standing Desks are Healthier and More Productive

Office workers are one of the most sedentary populations, spending 70-85% of their time at work sitting. A recent study at the National Health Service Trust in England was comprised of 146 office worker subjects, 77 using standing desks and 69 using sitting desks. Testing was done in many physical and psychological areas at the 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month mark. Most positive results were reported at 12 months with improvement in job performance, work engagement, occupational fatigue, and psychological health. It appears that continued use of the standing desk over longer periods of time produces more positive results.
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World Health Organization says Children Need to Sit Less and Play More

Much attention has been given to adults and school children in regards to the need for more physical activity to maintain physical health and mental acuity. The World Health Organization has released new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep for chilren under the age of 5.

According to the WHO, 23% of adults and 80% of adolescents are not sufficiently active. They stress that health habits must be established in the family starting very early, essentially from birth. Their recommendations include at least 30 minutes of tummy time and no screen time each day for infants less than 1 year old. For children between 1-2, there should be 180 minutes of physical activity each day. One year olds should have no screen time with 2 year olds allowed 1 hour of screen time per day. Three and four year olds should have 180 minutes of physical activity each day with 60 minutes of that being moderate to vigorous activity. Screen time should be kept to 1 hour.

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