A new study published in the European Heart Journal proposes that replacing 2 hours of sitting a day with standing may improve people’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and that walking rather than sitting may benefit your waistline. Researcher Genevieve Healy, of the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health, said, “These findings provide important preliminary evidence that strategies to increase the amount of time spent standing or walking rather than sitting may benefit the heart and metabolism.”
From the University of Queensland News: “While the study couldn’t show that less time spent sitting improved health, Dr Healy said the associations it revealed were consistent with what was already known about the benefits of an active lifestyle.”
Interesting timing in that there have been several recent reports that indicate standing too long at work could also be a problem. Another recent study, published in Human Factors, suggests that standing five hours a day contributes to a host of health issues including back pain and musculoskeletal disorders.
The study’s lead author,Maria-Gabriela Garcia, believes it is fine to stand at work for up to two hours per day but added “a longer period is likely to have detrimental effects.”
It appears it is important to get up during the work day…..as long as we don’t stay up too long!