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Workers encouraged stand up while working

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It would be healthier for people to stand up while at work, at least for a significant part of the day, a scientist has claimed.

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It would be healthier for people to stand up while at work, at least for a significant part of the day, a scientist has claimed.  Dr Tim Buckley, an expert in exercise science and an academic at the University of Chester, told bbc.co.uk that a person's metabolic rate "crashes to an absolute minimum" when they are seated, which can lead to weight and health issues. "It isn't natural. Humans are designed to stand up and keep moving," said Dr Buckley, adding: "It's little changes in behaviour ... such as standing at your desk that can add up to make quite a big difference to your health." By his reckoning, people could lose 3.6kg each year if they use a 'stand-up desk' for three hours each day for work, which could interest those planning a new corporate space, as well as individuals thinking about their garden office or study. Dr Buckley himself uses a stand-up desk from the 1940s, but there are new ones in production too. Health.com writer Arianne Cohen recently posted on fitsugar.com about the issue, saying that she made the change and has never looked back. Ms Cohen revealed that she lost weight and stopped getting back pain after she changed to a stand-up desk, getting rid of chairs all around her home in a bid to improve her posture.

Author:

Paul Smithson

9th January 2013