Is Sitting the new Smoking?

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Did you know that sedentary work has increased by 83% since the 1960's and now accounts for 43% of the workforce in America? This rise can be partly attributed to advances in technology and also flexible working arrangements. It has been found that the typical office worker sits for up to 80% of their workday, not including their commute to work. Considering that the definition of sedentary in an ergonomic sense means being stationary for more than 45 minutes, many office workers and even assembly line workers would be classified as sedentary workers.

Alarmingly, there is new evidence that shows that prolonged sitting has been linked to an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease and even cancer, even if you do engage in regular activities such as going to the gym or playing a sport. This is a growing problem with the advances in technology, the types of technology we use and an ageing workforce.

If you are a sedentary worker, the most important move is your next move. Incorporating movement into your workday can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing, more so than having the ‘perfect posture’ at your workstation. New advances in Occupational Health also means that sit to stand desks are more affordable than ever, and can be a great way to encourage movement in your working day. Look for other opportunities to incorporate movement into your day such as standing or walking meetings. Your whole team will benefit.

An ergonomic review of your workstation can also have an impact on your overall wellbeing, and at North Balwyn Physiotherapy Clinic all of our Physiotherapists are happy to make recommendations in this regard. If you are an office worker and feel that you would benefit from some workplace recommendations to improve your overall health and wellbeing, please feel free to contact us and book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists.

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