Working While Standing is More Healthy
Working behind a desk for many hours a day can put you in danger of ‘sitting disease‘, a doctor in Minnesota warned. “Spending too much time on our buttocks than on our feet may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in the same way as smoking,” said Dr. Livine James, who is also a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
He then handed the solution, work desk with – not a seat – but a treadmill at the bottom. He is testing his device in a small firm in Minneapolis to replace the 30 tables. Now, employees can stand or sit while continuing to work. “Research, and several similar experiments around the world, is in progress.”
“Researchers have linked sitting for long periods with a number of health problems and premature death from heart disease,” wrote Dr. James Levine at the Mayo Clinic website.
He cited a recent study which found that adults who spend more than four hours a day by sitting in front of the television has a 80 percent increased risk of death from heart disease than those who spent less than two hours a day. Risk in his study were independent, unrelated to other risk factors such as smoking or diet.
“For decades we became ‘prisoners’ of chairs. We are behind the screen all day at work. We are in a car or bus on the way to and from work. And in the evening, we are in a chair watching television or surfing the Internet,” says Dr. Levine.
Treadmill placed on these special desks is set to go very slowly. The device is designed so that office workers can perform the tasks they usually do, the only difference is that the body is more active.
“By standing, not sitting, we burn calories three times more,” he said. Muscle contraction is needed to stand, it seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars. “When you sit down, the muscle contractions stops.”