It’s no secret that excessive sitting is bad for our overall health. Due to the lack of calories being burned, sitting can cause weight gain and obesity. These issues can lead to a variety of other health issues including orthopedic problems due to excess pressure on joints and ligaments, diabetes risks and heart disease. The best way to avoid these health issues is breaking up a long day of sitting by standing while you work. Our experts at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine have put together this list of four reasons to start standing while you work today.
1. Burns more calories
Standing burns around 100 to 200 calories per hour, while sitting only burns 60 to 130 calories. This is because being on your feet activates more muscles than sitting. If you’re standing, you’re also more likely to walk and generally move around more, which burns extra calories. While trying to maintain or lose weight, every calorie burned adds up!
2. Reduces back pain
Without perfect posture, sitting all day can take a toll on your neck and back. Many people tend to hunch over while working at a desk, creating uneven pressure on the spine. Studies have shown that standing for a portion of the workday can alleviate these issues. One study done by the CDC found that use of a sit-stand desk for just four weeks reduced participants’ upper back and neck pain by 54%.
3. Gives an energy boost
After lunch, many people often notice a sluggish feeling as the last few hours of the workday seem to drag by. Standing at your desk engages more muscles than sitting, which increases alertness, helping you fight the urge to take an afternoon snooze. This energy boost can increase your productivity and ease anxiety and stress.
4. Promotes blood circulation
Sitting slows down blood circulation, especially to the legs. Blood and fluid pooling in the legs and feet can lead to uncomfortable swelling or, even worse, a blood clot. Switching to a standing position after 20 minutes of sitting can promote proper blood flow.
Prevention is key to most orthopedic injuries, and standing throughout the workday can help alleviate pressure on your spine and aid in the maintenance of a healthy weight. If you experience any orthopedic issues due to long days of sitting, the team at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine is here to help. Schedule an appointment with a provider today.