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How Often Should You Stand Up from Your Desk?

      Ryan Fogel    Filed under: Ergonomic Injury Prevention

Most workers spend a majority of their day sitting. They get so consumed in their work, in fact, that they may not even stand up for hours on end. As we all know, this long-term sitting can have serious detriments to our health. We know we need to stand up every now and then, but for how long?

According to experts, we should stand up anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes each hour.

So, you don’t need to be standing constantly (we actually need to sit down every now and then). However, you also shouldn’t be sitting all day. By standing up for 15 to 30 minutes each hour, you can get the benefits of both activity and rest. You’ll prevent body stiffness and pain, increase your productivity, decrease your risk of cardiovascular and blood sugar issues, and more.

But how can you accomplish this?

Set reminders

You’ve set an intention to stand up more—that’s great! But in order to stick to it, you need to remember to do it. We recommend setting reminders on your phone to stand up each hour. Apple Watches already have this feature and will ping you if you haven’t stood up for more than 5 minutes in an hour.

Find new reasons to get up and walk around

When you work at a desk, you have everything at your fingertips. But if want to stand up more often, then you need to find new reasons to get up and moving. Instead of messaging your coworker through teams, stand up and walk over to their desk; when your water bottle is half-empty, walk to the water cooler to refill it; if you’re waiting for something to load, stand up and walk around.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. For more tips on a healthy workstyle, read through our blog today!