A typical office worker spends more time sat down than the average person aged over 75
A sedentary work life is impacting in so many ways on so many of us and yet few of us realise how dangerous it can be. Many office workers spend 8 hours or more sat at their desks and assume this is the amount of time per day that they are sedentary for. However, this does not take in to account time spent sitting while commuting, eating or watching television at home. When we consider all of this, we realise that on most days, we are sedentary much more than we are active.
This amount of sedentary time can lead to a range of different health problems. According to the NHS Live Well website these issues include, but are not limited to:
- Obesity & Slow Metabolism
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Some Types of Cancer
- Early Death
Sedentary behavior has also been found to negatively impact on mental health too, worsening symptoms of anxiety and depression.
So, what can be done to help to combat these problems?
Firstly, a height adjustable or sit/stand desk can encourage you to spend some time standing and moving whilst working. Sit/stand desks have also been linked to an increase in alertness, creativity and productivity as well as helping to relieve symptoms of poor circulation and back ache.
A chair such as the HÄG Sofi that features an InBalance™ mechanism can help to keep your body moving and active when you do need to sit down. This can also help to keep you alert and productive and works to keep blood and oxygen flowing around the body at an optimum.
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