Stints Of Standing While Working May Reduce Back Pain
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 06:29 PM

The evils of too much sitting include body aches, pains and fatigue, but a new study suggests that 30-minute stints of standing at work may relieve aching backs without harming productivity.  Australian office workers alternated between sitting and standing every 30 minutes for a week and felt less fatigued and less back pain and lower-leg pain than when they stayed seated the whole day.

Prolonged sitting has been linked with a variety of health problems, but office workers often have little choice about their work environment. People in the sit-stand group had 32 percent fewer musculoskeletal symptoms in the lower back and 14 percent fewer in their ankles and feet compared to when they sat all day.  Workers reported better focus and concentration while seated, although work productivity did not differ significantly between the two study groups. There was also a trend toward better productivity and less impatience and irritability in the sit-stand group, the researchers said.

“The message for sedentary workers should be to alternate regularly between sitting and standing across the work day for health.”