How To Improve Your Work Health by Standing Two Hours a Day

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We’ve been hearing for years about how bad all how to improve your work health by standing two hours a daythat prolonged sitting at the office can be for our health.

The sedentary office lifestyle significantly increases our risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and myriad other health problems. Some have even said prolonged sitting is worse for us than smoking … and worse, other healthy habits like exercise aren’t enough to counter the negative effects.

But how much sitting is too much? Finally we have some answers, thanks to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

According to the study, the goal to work toward is to break up our eight-hour work days with four hours of standing. But don’t worry, to start, the experts recommend aiming for two hours and working your way up.

Even two hours might sound a like a lot, but there’s plenty of ways to sneak more standing and other light activity into your day.

Give these suggestions a try:

  • Stand for the first 15 minutes of every hour of the work day
  • Stand for 7-8 minutes each hour and enjoy a walk over your lunch hour
  • Stand while taking on the phone
  • Take a walk on your lunch break
  • Instead of writing an email to your coworker, walk to their desk … and stand while talking to them
  • Walk or stand during meetings

In addition to being just plain healthier, studies have shown that standing while working can improve focus and productivity.* Which makes sense—what’s good for the body is generally good for the brain.

So don’t let your work compromise your health or mental sharpness … take a stand, and stand up.

how to improve your work health by standing two hours a day

How do you get more standing into your day?

*For creative tasks requiring deep reflection, sitting is better.


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