Yet Another Study Confirms the Benefits of Standing

by The Human Solution on August 6, 2015

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If you’ve spent any time at all researching the benefits of getting out of your office chair, you already know about the extensive dangers of prolonged sitting, as well as the many benefits of standing throughout the day. Now, another new study reiterates the major health improvements that come with just a couple of hours of standing or walking each day.

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia used activity trackers on 782 study participants over the course of a week, measuring how much time they spent walking, sitting, standing, sleeping, and lying down, then used the data to determine average health values for the group. From there, they used statistical modeling to estimate the improvements in health that would be seen by replacing two hours of sitting with two hours of standing or walking.

The results, published last week in the European Heart Journal, confirm the numerous existing studies on the benefits of small daily movement. Researchers determined that just two hours of standing per day can lower blood sugar levels by 2%, and can lower triglycerides by 11%. What’s more, replacing those two hours with walking instead of sitting can lead to an 11% lower BMI, a 14% reduction in triglycerides, and an 11% reduction in blood sugar levels. Those are some significant improvements that lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

If you’re ready to give standing a try, check out the UPLIFT Desk and compare us to the competition. Or go for an UPLIFT Treadmill Desk and harness the benefits of light walking throughout the day. In addition to the health improvements listed above, walking improves creativity, productivity, fatigue, depression, and musculoskeletal pain. You’ll be amazed at the life-changing results of simply getting out of your chair.

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