How Long Is Too Long to Sit at Your Desk?

As Brigid Schulte relates in an article for the Daily Herald, the average office worker sits 10 hours a day. Furthermore, “Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting.” Research supports that even regularly working out cannot undo the gradual damaged caused by too much sitting. So the (somewhat lame) question becomes… how do we learn to sit less?

The British Journal of Sports Medicine says to begin by finding ways to spend at least two out of eight work hours standing up and moving a little. But the ultimate goal is to spend at least half the day doing “light-intensity activities.” You can achieve these things by taking your calls standing up, having standing meetings, using stairs over elevators, and making appropriate use of a standing desk. Additionally, you want to change your posture every 20 to 30 minutes. It will take time to rewire yourself into a more “mobile” worker. But the good news is that you can reverse the above “90 percent” stat by simply getting up for five minutes. So, hey, start there.

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