Why Standing All Day May be Just as Bad as Sitting

Aug 23, 2021

You’ve probably heard that sitting for long periods is the new smoking. In fact, sitting statically without moving is very detrimental to our health. We are at a higher risk of developing poor posture, bad circulation, and even having muscles deteriorate or atrophy over time.

Research also identifies static sitting as being responsible for increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Bottom line – don’t sit all day.

As a direct result of this research, there has been a trend within offices to start using standing workstations instead of the traditional sitting workstation. In theory, this makes sense i.e., sitting all day is bad, therefore standing all day is good right? Not necessarily so.

There is evidence that suggests that when one is standing statically for long periods, this requires the joints to be loaded on for longer than is healthy, which can lead to joint strain. It’s also possible to get into negative or bad postural positions when standing (e.g., incorrect leaning on elbows, overloading one side of the body versus the other, and the like).

Research shows that you are at greater risk of developing congestive / heart issues if you stand statically all day. Stands to reason (pun intended), that when you are standing statically for long periods of time, the heart has to work much harder to pump blood from your feet, against gravity, all the way up to your brain. So, what is the true solution? Quite simply, it’s a combination of motion, sitting, and standing. Staying in motion allows your larger muscle groups to be active. If you can incorporate movement into your workday, be it standing or sitting, or both, you reduce the risks of everything we just mentioned.

Ideally, transitioning from a sitting position to a standing position several times throughout the day is best of all. It takes a lot of energy and muscle activity to move from a sitting to a standing position. This is good.

In the example of standing, if you can incorporate motion (say for example when you use a Muvman stool) this allows you to take the load off your joints periodically and access multi-dimensional movements (vertical, lateral, and forward tilt) easily.

This in turn activates your larger muscle groups (the core, leg muscles, and the like) that activate your vein pumps and takes some of the workload of pumping blood off your heart muscle.

If you prefer a sitting position, then using a Swopper will allow you to incorporate movement with its multi-dimensional spring movement. Even better, in combination, both Swopper and Muvman offer you access to multi-dimensional movement for either sitting or standing, reducing your risk of health issues associated with being static or sedentary.

For while you’re standing, consider other movement solutions like a balance board, balance disc, or active, anti-fatigue platform designed to encourage micro-movements for superior fatigue relief.

So, what’s the best solution to the sitting/standing problem? Add as much movement to your day as you possibly can even when you are required to sit or stand. Having large muscle activity stimulates better circulation with reduced workload on your heart, while reducing your overall risks associated with being sedentary.

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