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Research and Scientific Results of Sitting Versus Standing

 

Scientific findings prove that our sitting lifestyles are killing us

Sedentary lifestyles with huge amounts of time sitting down are causing a rise in mortality rates among the American workforce. The general term used to describe the issues caused by a sedentary lifestyle is Sitting Disease. The disease is shown to decrease metabolic rates, increase the risk of heart and circulatory problems and cause aches and pains throughout the body. The cure for sitting disease is a combination of things, but including a sit-to-stand desk into your life is a step in the right direction. Alternating from a seated position to a standing position throughout the day is the best way to promote a healthier body and fight sitting disease.

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Authoritative Findings on Sitting Verses Standing:
1. The American Medical Association recognized potential risks of prolonged sitting and encourages employers and employees to make available alternatives to sitting, such as sit-stand desks into the work environment. Standing desks are among the top rated tools for office environments to be healthier, more comfortable work places. Our recommendation for ergonomic standing desks is HERE.
2. The American Cancer Society published a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology where it suggested that people who sit all day have more risk of diseases, health problems and ultimately a shorter average life span. You can read the full report HERE.
3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that when workers are equipped with sit-to-stand, adjustable height desks, mood increases for the better and the time sitting is reduced. They encourage offices to have standing workspaces to fight sitting disease.

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Employees Want To Sit And Stand At Adjustable Heigh Desks At Work

An informative article from the Chopra Centered Lifestyle says, "The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys report that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting every day. An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation.  Sitting dormant for hours on end, combined with a lack of exercise has been proven to cause type-II diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers..." Read the whole article HERE.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys report that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting every day.

An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation.  Sitting dormant for hours on end, combined with a lack of exercise has been proven to cause type-II diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/sitting-disease-the-new-health-epidemic#sthash.EmOKfkuK.dpuf

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys report that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting every day.

An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation.  Sitting dormant for hours on end, combined with a lack of exercise has been proven to cause type-II diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/sitting-disease-the-new-health-epidemic#sthash.EmOKfkuK.dpufHERE.

Makes the simple decision to change to a standing desk office table. A ergonomic sit-to-stand desk is an easy tool to get you move more throughout the day. When you stand more you will notice a difference in your productivity and you will feel better.

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The Sit-To-Stand Table Trend Grows as Productivity Increases In Companies

The Washington Post published an interesting report on how "Standing desks sit well with more employees." The article goes into depth about how more and more companies are adopting the technology and seeing results with the happiness and productivity of employees that used adjustable height desks. The article continues, "Of the 310 employees based at the Arlington headquarters of the energy-efficiency company Opower, two-thirds have adjustable-height desks so they can stand on the job. “People start to see them, and they want them,” says office manager Steven Yates, who notes that the trend originated in the engineering department." Read the full article HERE.

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Could offices change from sitting to standing?

BBC News is also jumping on the standing desk trend. An article they released says, "The whole concept of sitting as the norm in workplaces is a recent innovation, points out Jeremy Myerson, professor of design at the Royal College of Art. "If you look at the late 19th Century," he says, Victorian clerks could stand at their desks and "moved around a lot more". The article goes on to say, "It's possible to look back at the industrial office of the past 100 years or so as some kind of weird aberration in a 1,000-year continuum of work where we've always moved around." Read the whole article HERE.

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WANT MORE PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS? DITCH YOUR CHAIRS

Another one of our favorite articles about teamwork and collaboration that revolves around the idea of standing. A new study using wearable sensors suggests that teamwork is done best when employees are standing up. The information found that, "The people who worked standing up were less defensive about their ideas than those who lounged in chairs..." and went on to say, "Luckily, standing is free--so testing out these findings firsthand is as simple as getting employees off their butts." We agree. If team meetings are more collaborative then certainly standing up throughout the day will make you more productive. You can read the rest of the article from FastCoDesign HERE. And the "Get Up, Stand Up, The Effects of a Non-Sedentary Workspace on Information Elaboration and Group Performance" published by Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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So, just how sedentary are US workers? In the chart above you will see that the average employe spends more then 30 hours a week seated at a desk. Most people go home and sit for 6 or more hours after work and that doesn't factor in seating time while driving the commute back and forth from work and home. With one small improvement like adding a sit-to-stand desk in your life, you can change how much you sit at work.

We believe the best choice in standing desks at Zero Gravity Tables. They provide excellent, adjustable height tables that can help you prevent sitting disease. A simple fix to your work environment can help you have a healthier, more active life. Learn more about standing desk solutions HERE.