About that whole ‘standing at your desk’ idea …
Thu, Mar 24, 2016
While research tells us sitting at your desk for prolonged periods of time can be hazardous to your health, the inverse doesn’t seem to fare much better, according to a new study.
Standing desks – widely considered a healthy alternative to hours of workplace sitting – aren’t necessarily shown to have a clear, positive effect on our health or do much to prevent or reverse the harm done by prolonged sitting, researchers said in a study published in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
The researchers analyzed 20 studies on workplace sitting, which surveyed 2,174 participants. They concluded those studies weren’t adequate. “The quality of evidence was very low to low for most interventions mainly because studies were very poorly designed and because they had very few participants,” a study overview says.
Regardless of the study’s findings, the public discussion on the matter provides another opportunity to encourage fitness and wellness strategies, said Dr. Lynn Wagner, an integrative and lifestyle medicine physician at BayCare Clinic in Green Bay.
“We know that too much sitting puts us at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans. That much is clear,” Wagner said.
“And while the research on standing desks reportedly isn’t as clear, we as healthcare providers need to continue to impress upon our patients the importance of regular physical activity, improving our diets and seeing the doctor for regularly-scheduled check-ups.”
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