Comfortable Computing Initiative
Comfortable Computing Initiative

Educate: Learn About Ergonomics

Do You Have Sitting Disease? Take a Stand!

A burgeoning concept in office ergonomics is the value of standing periodically while one continues to work. Studies find a strong correlation between elevated risk of mortality and long periods of sitting; experts call this “sitting disease.” Surprisingly, this risk is shared by people who otherwise lead active lifestyles—those who comply with guidelines recommending a half-hour of physical activity a day and whose BMI are in the normal range.

See this handy infographic (@ for a quick and clear understanding of this issue, or read these results (PDF) published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Why Stand?

  • Expend more caloriessee the difference
  • Increase overall energy for better mental focus
  • Relieve bodily stress caused by sitting

Switching between sitting and standing offers the body movement, and movement is the key to computing comfort. Why? One reason is likely because motion facilitates blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to joints and tissues so we stay energized while working. This is especially true when using large muscle groups, like those involved in standing.

So, when creating your workspace, use equipment that allows you to change positions as you continue working. Adjustable products are ideal.

CDC Study: The Take-a-Stand Project

A 2011 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows prolonged sitting is reduced when workers are equipped with sit-stand workstations. Among other things, increased standing among participants improved mood states and reduced incidents of neck and back pain.

See this handy infographic (@ for a quick overview. Participants were mostly female, highly active and fit with relatively sedentary work tasks using WorkFit sit-to-stand workstations.

Some of the remarkable findings of this study:

  1. 87% felt more energized
  2. 75% felt healthier overall
  3. 66% felt more productive

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In a Nutshell: 
Sit when you want. Stand when you’re able. Move when you can.