Office workers should devote standing for a minimum of two hours daily during working hours to avoid health threats, the first-ever British guidelines by Public Health England and a non-profit organization Active Working CIC has exposed.
It added that eventually, the daily portion should be increased to four hours daily, breaking up with lengthy periods of sitting with the use of sit-stand desks, standing-based work and regular walkabout.
The authors wrote: ‘For those working in offices, 65-75 per cent of their working hours are spent sitting, of which more than 50 per cent of this is accumulated in prolonged periods of sustained sitting.’
Doctors say this inactive behavior is contributing to serious health issues, including obesity, type two diabetes, and as well as cancer. It is also directly associated with muscle, back and neck pain.
They said that simply getting people to stand and move more frequently as part of their working day might be a first step towards getting them to take up exercise. This is likely to be more achievable than aimed exercise. They suggest two hours daily of standing and light walking during working hours.
With the aid of adjustable sit-stand desks/work stations, can regularly break up seated-based work with standing-based work.
As part of the adaptive process, you should alter your posture to lessen possible muscle pain and fatigue
“Employers should also warn their staff about the potential dangers of too much time spent sitting down either at work or at home,” the authors added.
There are companies which already have invested time and money creating a more active working environment for their employees. However, those that have not should assess how best to achieve the recommendations, this could embrace determining when and how staff take breaks which involve standing and movement.
The guidance intended to reduce the health risks of too much cumulative sitting time was circulated in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.