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Sitting versus standing

Sitzen und Stehen am Arbeitsplatz - die Mischung macht's

How can we make our workplaces 'ergonomically valuable'?

Muscular and joint diseases are among the most frequent office sicknesses. It's no wonder. After all, typical office workers will spend a lot of time sitting down. A persistent, immobile posture restricts movement and places stress on just one side of the body. This will have long-term, negative repercussions on the back, on muscles and on tendons. There is also the risk of gaining weight and a greater susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases. Posture may deteriorate permanently, causing pain in the back, the shoulders and the nape. The magazine SPIEGEL has already published the warning: "Sitting is the new smoking."

Some people have responded and now prefer to work standing up. Carolin Heilmann, a sports scientist, has the following explanation: "Standing up involves different – and above all more – muscles than sitting down." But this is not a permanent solution either, as standing up for prolonged periods leads to harmful monotony and will place just as much stress on the body. There is an excessive burden on the veins in the legs, and the muscles quickly become overexerted.

 

It's all in the mix

So what would be the ideal solution? People have the fundamental, natural urge to exercise and to move their spines. Monotony and unbalanced stress should be avoided at all costs. Shifting posture on a regular basis eases the strain on the spine, the locomotor system and the circulation. Numerous studies now confirm that alternating between a seated and standing position is not just good for the body, but it also improves performance at work. The working memory and other mental faculties such as the ability to concentrate are stimulated, and people remain alert and energetic for longer. If one considers this insight, it might be a good idea to take a closer look at sit/stand desk systems. Equipped with this technology, workplaces allow the variety that our bodies so urgently require. Not only do they improve the health of employees, but they also help improve performance at work.

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