To Sit or to Stand?

At WittFitt we believe that Moderation is the key!  Not too much sitting or too much standing.  This is a great article that explains why we need ACTIVE products at work.

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Should you sit or stand at work? Both may kill you, experts say

By Kyle Rothenberg

Published May 21, 2015

Fox News If you sit or stand at work, it could be killing you — according to many health professionals trying to figure out which is the healthiest option.

There are dozens of studies published in the past decade that report too much “butt-on-the-chair” time can shorten our lifespan and increase the risk of developing deadly illnesses, including cancer and obesity.

Harvard researchers found that the more time people spend sitting at work, driving or watching television, the more likely it is that they will die from heart disease and strokes.

Another study reveals that sitting most of the day increases the risk of dying from a heart attack by more than 50 percent, while cutting daily sitting time to under three hours might extend our life by two years.

But other specialists are suggesting that standing at work is also bad for our health.

“It dramatically increases the risks of carotid atherosclerosis…and it also increases the risks of varicose veins, so standing all day is unhealthy,” Alan Hedge, a certified professional ergonomist and professor at Cornell University said.

“The problem with standing [at work] is that when you raise desk height for keyboard/mouse use, you need to also raise screen height about the desk or you get neck flexion,” Hedge said. “Neck flexion” is the movement in which the chin is lowered down toward the chest.

 

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