Many office workers who spend most of their day at a desk complain of neck, shoulder or back pain. This pain is often caused by poor posture. Slouching over a keyboard can lead to hunched shoulders. This constant tension can cause tight back and shoulder muscles that ache even after the workday ends.
“Middle-aged workers spend more time sitting down than OAPs” is the headline all over today’s press. That’s not news to us at Sit-Stand.Com, of course! As sponsors of the Active Working Summit, we are more than familiar with statistics that show the prevalence of the ‘sitting disease’.
Nearly 200 international delegates and experts gathered in London last week for the third Active Working Summit, hearing that while the evidence for health benefits of reducing sedentary behaviour in the workplace is indisputable, there is a long way to go before our working habits change for the good.
An article recently published, in BMC Public Health, analysed the public response to media coverage of a health statement commissioned by Active Working. The article looked to find out whether the recommendation that officer workers should aim to stand or do light activity (e.g. walk) for 2-4hrs a day, had been publicly well received or not.
Last week was a milestone for Sit-Stand.Com, when we showcased our growing family of solutions at the Facilities Show 2016, in London ExCel. What excited me in particular was the number of people excited about all our Sit-Stand solutions, and how appreciation of the benefits of these products has grown rapidly and is beginning to become more clearly understood.
Standing desks have generated a lot of news and considerable hype over the last few years, much of the issues are widely covered on our Get Britain Standing campaign. Active Working CIC is leading the global insight and evidence based research on sedentary behaviour.
At Active Working we are keen to promote the health benefits of adjustable or sit-stand workstations. It is important to emphasize the latest advice from the experts at the Ergonomics Program at Colorado State University’s Office of Risk Management and Insurance, who believe the focus of our Get Britain Standing campaign has been placed on standing more and sitting less, when the mixture of the two postures is most important.