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.