A standing desk is the key to a longer life

According to research by Deakin University
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An Australian study conducted by Deakin University that analysed more than 230 desk-based workers has found that sit-stand desks are a cost-effective way for employers to improve the health of their workforce, and help them live longer lives.

Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease have all been linked to sitting all day, and according to this study, standing desks could help save 7,492 ‘health-adjusted life years’ by preventing these diseases.

The study also found that regular exercise will not overcome the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and that 45 per cent of Australian workers spend most of their day sitting at a desk, meaning the implementation of sit-stand desks could improve the health of almost half of all Australian workers.

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“Adopting this workplace intervention also has the potential to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity,” says lead researcher Dr Lan Gao. “The introduction of sit-stand desks, alongside associated supports, is a cost-effective and innovative way to promote the health of Australia’s workforce.”

Tips for staying healthy when you sit at a desk

  • Take hourly breaks
  • Stretch or move in place
  • Take your meetings on the move, like going for a walk.
  • Visit your colleagues to ask questions, rather than emailing or calling them.
  • Walk on your lunch break


This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.

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