Did you know that British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average)? Get Britain Standing is a dynamic campaign to increase awareness and education of the dangers of sedentary working and prolonged sitting time. Regular minor movement whilst at work is essential for us to:
- keep our bodies healthy
- prevent illness & relieve stress
- liberate us & make us more productive
Active Working and standing desk workstations deliver a compelling solution, enabling us to mix up sitting with intermittent periods of standing. More of some of these later in the post.
In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:
- Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
- Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
- Disrupted blood sugar levels
- Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
- Leg muscles switch off
Irrespective of your level of physical activity, the result leads to increased risks of Heart disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Backache, Dementia, Depression, and Muscle degeneration.
Get Britain Standing
are holding an On Your Feet Britain Day on Friday 27th April 2018. Take part in their national day when workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess
at work. It’s FREE to sign up, simply register here
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to take James Brown at his word and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Follow some simple changes – Ditch your usual lunch ‘al desko’ and take a stroll outside. You’ll get a spring in your step and feel better for it. Stand during phone calls, stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes, use the stairs, have standing or walking meetings, walk to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them, stand at the back of the room during presentations.
So Friday 27th April 2018
is your chance to get the ball rolling and encourage your employees to take a stand. Team up with colleagues and see how much “sitting time” you can reduce on the day. Check out their challenge page
for fun and easy ideas to take part. Why not take on a team challenge? Join-up with your co-workers and work together and compete with other teams within your organisation[More info]
. There are a number of companies
who make different types of stand-up desks or you could make your own.
Mike Dilke the owner of Relaxback UK
and radio presenter on UK Health Radio
is the founder of a unique backapp chair ( and desks) specifically designed to help people who suffer from back pain. The Back App
will ensure an excellent posture and provide a workout for the core muscles that support your back.It does this by allowing you to sit with an open hip angle and constantly makes you balance as you sit keeping you alert and providing a low level workout. You only have to hear some of the testimonials
from people who have bought some of Relaxback UK’s
products to hear the difference they have made to people’s lives.