A recent article has stated that in order to prevent serious health risks, office workers should be standing for at least two hours a day.
Prolonged sitting has a negative and direct impact on your long term health, claims Gavin Bradley, the director of the campaign group Get Britain Standing. Bradley went on to say that the average Briton sits for more than half of their working hours.
This startling announcement really does show that companies should reconsider their culture regarding taking breaks and whether meetings should be held standing up. Rather than sitting down in the boardroom, maybe they could stand up in a circle or, if space permits, discuss ideas whilst walking around the office?
The shocking health risks sitting down imposes are:
· Type 2 diabetes
· Cardiovascular disease
· 13% increased risk of cancer
· 17% increased risk of premature death
The above infographic devised by Lifehacker further shows how the human body simply is not designed to sit at a desk all day. We must consciously decide not to sit down for 9 hours a day and be active whenever possible.
Biochemist Katy Bowman has also argued that humans sitting down in an office all day are not dissimilar to Killer Whales which live in a tank at SeaWorld. When in captivity for too long, their dorsal fin often folds over due to their lack of activity. This very true for us too; when we stop using our body for what it was designed for, we become weak and unhealthy.
It has been proven that employees who regularly exercise are highly engaged and enthusiastic regarding their approach to work. Here at theblueballroom we believe that energised employees are the key to success for any organisation. It may well be worth encouraging your employees to stand up and walk around once in a while, even if it is just for a few minutes. Because as a very well-known supermarket used to say; “Every little helps”.