The Importance of Standing


Sitting around is bad for our health, even if we are regular exercisers. Here are some pointers for getting off your backside.

Recent research has linked sedentary behaviour (sitting or lying for long periods) with a range of conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and premature death. The negative effect seems to be related to how our bodies process fats and sugars. The enzymes required are produced when certain muscles contract during standing, ABC Health & Wellbeing reports. When we sit for too long their production slows down.

So here are some ideas to break up our hours spent sitting:

At work

  • Hold meetings with your team standing at each other’s work stations
  • Try standing while you use the phone or read emails or reports
  • Set up your rubbish bin, drawers, printer and other things you may need at a distance from your desk
  • Walk over to your workmates’ desks to talk to them
  • Set a reminder on your computer to stand up regularly
  • Drink more water during the day. You’ll be walking to the toilet more often
  • Go for a walk at lunch, even if it’s only for 10 minutes
  • Walk or ride to work
  • Park or get off public transport a bit farther from your destination.

At home

  • Take phone calls standing up. Walk around
  • Put the remote control away
  • Do household chores such as ironing or folding clothes while watching TV
  • Embrace household chores
  • Stand while catching up on news in the paper or on your personal device
  • Walk or ride to do errands.

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