When residents of Iowa think of workplace injuries, they may think of factory workers, construction workers or even farmers who are hurt by large machinery. Office workers may think they are immune to any such work injuries, besides maybe a papercut or developing carpal tunnel. But office workers are at risk of different types of injuries, which can easily be avoided.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause neck and back injury, as the average cubicle worker slouches in front of their computer. In addition, it can have a negative effect on the heart, lungs and other organs. What’s more, when one sit for extended periods of time, their brain goes into rest mode, and it can be much harder to focus. The body also goes into rest mode, and metabolism slows greatly. A new study from the University of Iowa has proven a great way to avoid these issues.
According to the study, workers who stand more at work burn about 90 more calories a day than those who sit all day. The study was conducted by observing workers with sit-stand desks and those with traditional desks. Workers were given a monitor, which tracked movement and body position. They found that those with the option to stand were generally more active and walked around more than those with traditional desks.
Other studies have shown the negative effects sitting has on the body, but this one solely focused on burning calories. Because sitting can lead to neck and back injuries, offices in Iowa who promote standing at work may see a drop in workers’ compensation claims and other issues.
Source: Safety and Health Magazine, “Workers stand more, burn more calories with sit-stand desks: study,” Staff Report, Oct. 13, 2015
Secondary Source: Newsweek, “How Much Standing Is Required to Stay Healthy?” Jessica Firger, June 2, 2015