May 13, 2019
Many workers spend 76%t of their time sitting - or about six hours per day. Research has shown that long hours spent sitting in an office chair pose serious health risks to workers, irrespective of what shape they are in, or the amount of physical activity they do outside of work.
The benefits of sitting less and moving more include:
- lower risk of musculoskeletal pain, discomfort and injury, particularly of the lower back and neck
- reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
- lower risk of eye strain or fatigue
- healthy maintenance of the circulatory system and digestive tract.
It is important to consider both a mix of design and work organisation improvements to make sure workers are well supported to reduce risks associated with sedentary work.
- SA Health Sit less move more campaign has posters to use within a workplace.
- The Australian Government's Comcare has a dedicated section on Sedentary Work listing 15 resources including research, dose of practice, videos and toolkits to minimise the risk of sedentary work.
- Safework Australia has a downloadable report that considers how we can define 'occupational' sitting, its potential health outcomes, how much occupational sitting might be harmful, and what can be done to prevent or reduce harm to workers.
- Move more sit less campaign from Blue Earth with a lot of great content to use in the workplace.