Michael Mosley – How Standing Up Helps You Live Longer

Standing up on your feet for a few minutes per hour could have surprisingly big effects on your blood sugar, metabolism, your mood and even your bones.

Michael Mosley, BBC Radio 4.

For thousands of years, humans have evolved and honed one of our most powerful attributes: running and the capacity for prolonged sessions of it.

The ability to endure long sessions of running was crucial for our survival, allowing us to outpace many living creatures. However, times have changed, and ironically, our challenge now lies not in endurance, but in its lack. With the rapid pace and expansion of modern life, our needs have evolved. One of the most common requirements in today’s age is sitting, whether at work, school, or while watching TV.

In this article, we’ll explore why sitting is bad for you and how you can integrate a healthier lifestyle by standing, whether you’re at work or at home.

We’ve all heard that standing up is beneficial for our health, yet we often underestimate the value of simply standing up from time to time. To live longer and healthier lives, we need to change this habit and embrace regular standing as part of our daily routine.

Why are you not standing up?

Even if you engage in more active tasks after long sessions of sitting, such as walking or going to the gym, it is still not enough. “Studies show that exercising after long hours of sitting still does not reverse the damage done by sitting.” – says Michael Mosley. The effects of sitting for hours cannot be simply reversed by going to the gym, nature doesn’t work that way. Prevention is more effective than countermeasures.

Recent studies show that many of us spend half of our daily routine sitting, whether at work, watching television, or playing video games. This cumulative sitting time damages our health. According to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, individuals who sat for an average of 10 or more hours per day had an 8% higher likelihood of developing dementia later in life.

How to Implement a Healthy Habit of Standing

Here is a list of healthy habits that you can implement to incorporate more standing into your routine:

  • Stand During Phone Calls – Whenever you receive a phone call try to stand up for the duration of the phone call, whether you are at home or work.
  • Use a Standing Desk – Invest into a Standing Desk, an Electric Standing Desk allows you to easily switch between sitting and standing throughout the day, you can browse our standing desks catalogue by clicking here. We offer a variety of colors and natural wood desks and deliver anywhere throughout the UK!
  • Take Standing Breaks – Set reminders to stand up and stretch every hour or so, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Walking Meetings – Instead of sitting in a conference room, suggest walking meetings where everyone can stand and move around.
  • Use a Timer – Use a timer or an app on your phone that can remind you to stand up throughout the day.

If you found this article helpful, be sure to share it with your loved ones and make a positive impact on their lifestyle and health. Ready to take the next step towards a healthier work environment? Explore our range of electric standing desks, designed to elevate both productivity and well-being.

About Nick

Nick has over 45 years experience within the office furniture industry and has amassed a wealth of expertise in that time. Nick is committed to revolutionising the way people and companies think about their workspaces, offering a healthier solution for all.

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