Sitting or Standing, You’re at Risk

Sitters

People who sit for more than four hours per day lead a sedentary lifestyle.1 This includes adults who exercise regularly after work. Even just one hour of sustained sitting causes blood to pool in your legs.2

Standers

Risks begin to manifest for those who stand more than four hours per day. What constitutes “too much” standing can also change based on your circumstances. For instance, it is recommended that pregnant women spend no more than two consecutive hours standing.3

Whom Does This Impact?

The Short Answer Is: You

Individuals who hold full-time jobs spend the majority of their waking lives at work. This means that your activity level at work can have a dramatic impact on your health, regardless of your exercise routine outside of work.

Does your day look like one of the samples below?

HANNAH:

Total:

LIAM:

Total:

DANIELA:

Total:

JORDAN:

Total:

Hannah leads a sedentary life, but it may surprise you that Liam does too, despite his dedication to daily gym time. Conversely, both Daniela and Jordan are standing more than is good for their bodies, even though Daniela has more breaks and Jordan spends more of his workday moving.

Is Your Job Affecting Your Health?

Common upright occupations in the U.S. include:4

Common sedentary occupations include:5

What Are the Consequences?

Potential Ailments

A sedentary lifestyle contributes to:

Too much time on your feet contributes to:

Long-term Health Risks

Sitting

Standing

How to Treat Your Body Better

It is recommended for adults to be physically active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, while children should be physically active for 60 minutes per day.17

However, researchers are beginning to suspect that the recommendations are not enough to counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.18

To help combat the many health issues that come from too much sitting or standing, try the following tips to keep your body healthy.

Please note that Nursing@Georgetown provides the following list for informational purposes only. Nursing@Georgetown does not endorse any vendors, websites, or products contained on this list. Individuals should consult their health care professionals before following any of the information provided in this infographic.

For sitters:

For standers:

Sources

1http://www.ohsrep.org.au/hazards/fatigue,-impairment-and-shift-work/sedentary-work 
2http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/09/08/take-a-seat-you-may-be-able-to-reverse-the-damage-to-your-health/ 
3http://www.hazards.org/standing/ 
4http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 
5http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 
6http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20130221/too-much-sitting-linked-to-chronic-health-problems
7http://www.ohsrep.org.au/hazards/fatigue,-impairment-and-shift-work/working-standing-up
8http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/28/standing-up-on-the-job-one-way-to-improve-your-health/ 
9http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/13/the-dangers-of-sitting-at-work%E2%80%94and-standing/ 
10http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/13/the-dangers-of-sitting-at-work%E2%80%94and-standing/ 
11http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005 
12http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/28/standing-up-on-the-job-one-way-to-improve-your-health/ 
13http://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/ergonomics/back-care-standing-work 
14http://www.arpapress.com/Volumes/Vol8Issue1/IJRRAS_8_1_03.pdf 
15http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/%28SICI%291097-0274%28199912%2936:6%3C653::AID-AJIM8%3E3.0.CO;2-P/abstract 
16http://www.arpapress.com/Volumes/Vol8Issue1/IJRRAS_8_1_03.pdf 
17http://www.fitness.gov/be-active/physical-activity-guidelines-for-americans/ 
18http://pressroom.cancer.org/index.php?s=43&item=257 

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