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01 Apr 2015

Making a Stand Against Sitting

- Written by Ash Bath

AKW supplies ActivMotion Rise & Fall units that aim to facilitate the ideal posture for the user. Inspired by occupational therapists, the units are intelligently designed to help meet the needs of those that need them, such as an individual who wants more independence in the kitchen. However this concept can be implemented anywhere, in this instance the workplace.

On the 24 April 2015, the British Heart Foundation alongside Get Britain Standing wants to get workers to make a stand against cardiovascular disease, with Lisa Young a spokesperson for BHF stating ‘too many of us are tied to our desks at work, which could be increasing our risk’.

Following a survey that was taken out by the two in a joint campaign, it has found that:

  • 45% of women and 37% of men spend less than 30 minutes a day up on their feet at work.
  • 78% office workers felt they spent too much time sitting down
  • Nearly two-thirds were worried sitting at work was having a negative impact on their health.

It is then suggested that workers start to change their office pattern, and the campaign asks them to stand up when there on a phone call, in meetings and to even stop taking phone calls in the office and suggests they walk to who they might need.

A scientific study carried out by Knight and Baer into standing in a meeting shows that the people who stood worked more efficiently as they were ‘less protective of their ideas’, it also shows that they were more physiologically aroused. But not only this, after witnessing this approach himself, Knight said the meeting ‘seemed more efficient and purposeful’.

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