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North Americans Sit 10 Hours a Day – Can We Afford to Ignore the Consequences?

I’ve gleaned the following sit stand information from the combined sites of “GetBritsStanding.org”, “GetCanadaStanding.org” and “GetAmericaStanding.org.” I highly recommend that you check them out as well.


Sit Stand Scandinavia getbritainstanding.org

Sit Stand Around the World

While the UK, US, Canada, Australia and other nations continue to treat them as something of a novelty, across Sweden, Norway and Finland, over 80 per cent of office workers use sit-stand desks. Offering employees a height adjustable work station is now mandatory in Denmark. However, sit-stand working is still in its infancy in the North America, the UK and Australia with only (less than) 2 per cent of similar workers having access to variable-height workstations.  Given the huge amount of news coverage devoted to the subject of sedentary lifestyles in the last couple of years, ‘sit-stand’ and ‘active working’ have become buzz terms in UK workplace design. The ‘On Your Feet Britain’* campaign has raised awareness of the health perils risked by the many Brits who spend an average of 8.5 hours a day sitting, whether at their desk or slumped in front of the telly (TV).  Inevitably, savvy employers will be asking themselves if they can afford to ignore the problem.

British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average)

Americans sit almost 10 hours each day (on average)

Canadians sit almost 10 hours each day (on average)



If you’re preparing to start sit stand, congratulations!

How to Get Started with Sit Stand

We recommend you take it easy initially and build up your standing time gradually over a series of weeks and months.

Experts recommend splitting your time evenly between standing and sitting, accumulating at least two-hours per day of standing and light activity, eventually progressing to a total accumulation of four hours.

Those individuals new to adopting more standing-based work could expect some musculoskeletal sensations and some fatigue as part of the change process. If such sensations cannot be relieved either by an altered posture or walking for a few minutes, then you should rest (including sitting) with a posture that relieves the sensations. If discomfort does persist, then seek appropriate medical advice.


Similar to the risks of prolonged static seated positions, so too should prolonged static standing postures be avoided.


Please keep in mind our top 5 tips below:

Top 5 tips for users of Sit Stand:

  1. Build up to it gradually. Start with 20 minute standing, then sit for 40 minutes and repeat throughout the day.
  2. Avoid excessive sitting and standing. Keep moving around, take frequent breaks, and make a conscious effort to mix it up. Standing all day can lead to back, knee or foot problems.
  3. Make sure you have comfortable footwear and think about a comfort mat.
  4. Find out what things you prefer doing standing e.g phone calls, clearing out your inbox, routine deskwork.
  5. Also find out the things you do better sitting e.g concise and creative writing, proof reading, in depth analysis.

To prevent injury, each Sit Stand desk solution requires compliance with the ergonomic safety standards recommended for any computer desk.

are flat by the keyboard
form a 90-degree angle when typing
look forward to the monitor


Go to updowndesks.com to find the sit-stand solution that is right for you.

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