Sit-stand tables at work improve health and increase life expectancy

How does the use of sit-stand desks affect health?

Researchers have now found that the introduction of so-called stand-up desks is an inexpensive way for employers to improve the health of their employees.

In their current study, the scientists at Deakin University found that standing and sitting desks in companies can lead to improved employee health. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health".

Over 230 office workers were examined for the study

A total of more than 230 employees took part in the investigation. These should be made to sit less and stand more and move more by introducing stand-sit desks. The Australian experts concluded that implementing the recommended change would cost approximately $ 185.2 million to approximately 20 percent of the country's office workers.

Many health problems are related to obesity

Nonetheless, 7,492 so-called health-adjusted years of life would be saved in the prevention of diseases that are related to the occurrence of obesity. Spending too much time at the desk can lead to serious illnesses such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. This could be a factor in reduced life expectancy.

Stand-up tables can reduce absenteeism

This workplace intervention also has the potential to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity, explains study author Dr Lan Gao from Deakin University. The introduction of sit-stand tables is an affordable and innovative way to promote worker health. Around 45 percent of Australian workers spend most of their day at their desk, the researchers suspect.

Sit-stand desks are cost effective

The study also found that the net cost of providing sitting and standing desks was around $ 344 per person. Dr. However, Gao said that this amount could be reduced by economies of scale for large orders and exchange jobs. Ultimately, this intervention has the potential to have a very significant and lasting positive impact on reducing sedentary work hours in the workplace, but most of all, it is also cost-effective, the doctors say. This is crucial for a wider introduction of this program.

Sitting and lying should be interrupted as often as possible

There is currently insufficient evidence to make a recommendation for the specific duration of sitting or lying down, which is associated with poorer health outcomes. According to official advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council, sedentary behavior is associated with poorer health outcomes. It is recommended to interrupt the time spent sitting or lying down as often as possible. (as)

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