Is Standing Up every hour really better for us?

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Sitting or standing in place for hours at a time? Remember to move for approximately three minutes every 30 – 60 minutes.

Why? Research shows that staying stationary – whether sitting or standing – for long periods of time, can be bad for your health. Our bodies are built to move and doing so for approximately three minutes every hour helps us feel our best. Once you start moving, you’ll notice:

  • Increased energy

  • A clearer mind

  • Improved mood

  • Higher metabolism

  • Increased blood flow

  • Improved posture

So let's get moving!

What can you do in approximately three minutes? A lot!

  • Go to the printer/copier/fax more often during the workday

  • Do stretching exercises. Try these:

  • Stretches That Work at Work

  • Desk Exercises

  • Stretching and Flexibility

  • Slide show: Office stretches

  • If you work in a call center or take a phone call while sitting at your desk, take the call standing or follow the call with one of the stretches shown above.

  • Go talk with a colleague in person instead of sending email or calling on the phone

  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator or take the longer route to the restroom or lunchroom

  • Move often during meetings

  • When on a break, plan some activity like a walk or stretching

  • Walk, jog or move in place

The hardest part might be simply remembering to move approximately three minutes every 30 – 60 minutes. A lot people has tried some methods below:

  • Set an alarm using your Google or Outlook calendar

  • Use the alarm or timer on your watch or mobile device

  • Use your clock as a reminder – move every time the minute hand is on the 6 and 12

  • Remember "the best position is the next position."

However, most of us, including myself, gave up after a few days or even the first day. Why?

  • Some may work in an environment that may require a lot of desk tasks one day, but a lot more physical tasks or business travels on another day. So the pre-set alarm may not be that effective and can become annoying.

  • Some of us may be too busy and forget to set the alarm.

  • Another issue is when the alarm or reminder comes, we are often in the middle of something such as a meeting, or a phone call, or in the middle of writing an important email that can not leave later, and the list goes on. So we end up ignoring the reminder and forget to do it later.

Fortunately, we do have a solution for this by using our stage-of-the-art Senpro Series 1.


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