It’s time to sit less and move more; that’s the message from Get Standing Britain to workers across the country for their ‘On your feet Britain’ challenge today. Across the UK, we’re spending more time sitting or lying, with adults spending an average of seven hours a day doing so. And this increases to 10 hours as we get older.
One popular solution to moving more at work is the use of standing desks. Whether it's a full two hour period or 15 minutes now and again throughout the day, standing desks give you the freedom to sit and stand as you please. If you want to give them a go, we've negotiated a special rate with Stand HQ as part of the Get Britain Standing campaign. To get £50 off your order and free shipping within the UK, use the discount code: GETBRITAINSTANDING50.
So, what’s the big issue with sitting? Studies have shown that prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour has been linked to a range of serious health risks such as being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death. It’s also thought to slow the metabolism, affecting the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
In 2011, one of the largest pieces of research on the topic was carried out by researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. Almost 800,000 people took part in the study, which found that compared to those who sat the least, people who sat the longest had:
- 112% increase in risk of diabetes
- 147% increase in cardiovascular events
- 90% increase in death caused by cardiovascular events
- 49% increase in death from any cause
Maybe you’re beginning to think that you should get up from your seat a bit more now? Today’s event is encouraging workers across the country to unite together and take part in a range of fun and simple activities to sit less and move more at work.
You don't need to stand all day using elevated desks, even small stints throughout the day can help you to lower the amount of time you spend sitting and reduce the risks of suffering from the health problems is causes.
Stand HQ is just one company that sells standing desks and is getting behind the 'On your feet Britain' campaign. The desks created by Stand HQ have been designed for use with your current workspace, conveniently sitting on top of your existing desk.
Joe Root, co-founder of Permutive, comments on the difference they can make saying: “We bought two UpStanding Desks from Stand HQ for our growing team. We’re loving them. [We're] already feeling stronger, healthier, less lethargic, and a lot more focused throughout the day.”
But if the thought of a standing desk just isn't for you, there’s plenty of other options to try as Get Britain Standing has come up with a variety of simple changes you can make to swap your sitting time to standing time:
- Stand up during phone calls
- Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Have standing or walking meetings
- Eat your lunch away from your desk
- Stand at the back of the room during presentations
- Try removing tables and chairs from meeting rooms (bonus: shorter meetings)
- Do the unthinkable and get up and chat to a coworker rather than sending an email.
Or if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging. Why not host a fitness workshop or arrange a run during lunchtime?
Get Britain Standing is a dynamic campaign to increase awareness and education of the dangers of sedentary working and prolonged sitting time. Regular minor movement whilst at work is essential for us to: keep our bodies healthy, prevent illness and relieve stress, liberate us and make us more productive.