Sit or Stand? Why sitting may still be best

Sit or Stand? Why sitting may still be best

By now you’ve probably heard that too much sitting isn’t good for you.

Right or wrong, we still find ourselves sitting the majority of our day. Because of this, I’ve seen a significant increase in the push to get employees out of their chairs and onto their feet. While I applaud the concept, I’m not convinced that standing is the answer. Consider the following risks of standing, and then ask yourself…does the risk of occupational sitting really outweigh the risk of standing?

  1. Stroke or Heart Attack. In the case of a sudden stroke or heart attack at work, sitting at your desk means you are closer to the ground. Therefore, you won’t bump your head as hard when you go unconscious.
  2. Fire. You will be two steps ahead of your coworkers. Remember that smoke rises, so it’s safer to be closer to the ground. Skip the first two steps (stop and drop), and just roll right out of your chair for a better chance of survival.
  3. Brain Function. The air is thinner at altitude, so working from your chair will make it easier to breathe and supply your brain with more oxygen, hence making you smarter than your standing coworkers.
  4. Time Management. Sitting at your desk is a time-management strategy that should be praised. Not only are you getting your work done, but you are also in training for your next binge-watching marathon on Netflix. You are basically getting paid to practice sitting through 6 episodes of ‘The Crown.’
  5. Money. You will burn fewer calories sitting all day. This means you won’t have to buy as much food and can save money on your grocery bill.
  6. The Planet. Since you won’t be on your feet all day, your shoes don’t wear out as fast. This means you won’t have to throw your worn out shoes in landfills. Mother Nature will thank you if you simply stay seated.

“sitting more and moving less at your desk has significant benefits”…said no kinesiologist ever.

In all seriousness, the answer isn’t just sitting or just standing. The answer is movement. Move through different positions and try not to stay in the same position for too long. Even transitioning just 2 hours of your workday into other positions can have a significant positive impact on weight, chronic disease, and morbidity.

About the Author
Stevyn Guinnip has a masters degree in kinesiology and is a veteran in the fitness industry. She has a wide range of experience including NIH research, personal training, corporate wellness, cardiac rehab, group fitness, and launching fitness programs in both the US and Australia. Stevyn believes that if you seek wellness, you will find freedom. She also believes in the importance of the integrated core muscles including the (often neglected) pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm which are impacted by good posture, breathing, and movement.