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Veli-Jussi Jalkanen,
Sitting Health Expert

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07.02.2018

Is standing beneficial?

Many studies have shown that a small (or even a large) increase in energy consumption does not drop weight if nutrition is not rationalized at the same time.

Secondly, people are sitting on average over 12 hours a day, if you count all the sitting at home, transport, restaurants, etc. One good research gave a result of 13 h and 10 min.

Sitting in the so-called 90/90 position (practically C/90 as the back is rounded) is unequivocally harmful in many ways. The posture becomes slouched which causes a lot of disadvantages (back pain, intestinal compression, lower respiration, slowing of the bloodstream into the brain as the neck muscles tense, shoulder problems).

Additionally, the sitting pressure on the pelvis is bad for genital health, for both men and women.

On the padded chair, when the sitting bones press into the cushion, there is upward pressure from the padding into the pelvic bowl, which causes a pressure field inside it. This, in turn, slows down all the fluid flow there, thus weakening immune defense and developing various ailments. According to cancer statistics, 24% of women’s and 47% of men's cancers occur inside the pelvic bowl; In addition, there are a lot of other ailments.

Standing causes osteoarthritis and disturbances in the fluid flow in the large joints of the lower limbs. In the factories where the workers stand this phenomenon is very familiar.

The most sensible and healthiest way to work is to sit on a two-part, swinging saddle chair in front of an adjustable table (pads for elbows) and to use loose clothes around the pelvis.

It is good to stand 10-30% of the work time, 10-20 minutes at a time, in order to avoid problems. You get more of the important movement by using hands-free and walking while on the phone, and having walking meetings.

A smart employer optimizes the seating environment as described above and increases productivity by 30-80% for free.