The Effects of Prolonged Sitting

June 13, 2017

 

Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair - a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine. Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours. 

 

Therefore, to avoid developing or compounding back problems, it's important to have an office chair that's ergonomic and a desk that promotes standing.

 

What does prolonged sitting do to my health?

 

Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. 

 

Research also shows that our metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. 

 

What are my options?

 

According to the expert statement released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Americans should begin to stand, move, and take breaks for at least two out of eight hours at work. 

 

The Office People™, an award-winning, minority owned and operated business solutions headquarters, is filled with employees sitting in ergonomic chairs and standing at motorized stand-up desks. 

 

The Office People™ offers an array of business solutions, including Document Imaging Systems, Managed Print Services, Digital Signage, and Innovative Office Interiors

 

Click here to view/download a copy of TOP's Healthy Workstation Guidelines. 

 

 

 

 

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