How to reduce the sedentary lifestyle by working 8 hours (or more) sitting down?

Spending a lot of time sitting down is more dangerous than we think. According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common health problem among European workers and therefore the main cause of sick leave in Europe.

Workplaces are becoming more sedentary and in turn, there is increasing evidence linking poor health to a sedentary lifestyle, which has redoubled the importance of addressing the problem of prolonged sitting at work without changing posture.

If we talk about figures, more than 24 % of workers in the European Union (EU-25) claim to suffer from back pain and 22 % complain of muscle pain. On the other hand, according to the 2019 European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), the third most frequently reported risk factor in the EU-27 (61 % of companies) is prolonged sitting.

The problems of prolonged sitting range from lack of energy, low back pain or neck and shoulder tension, to more serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic problems or neurodegenerative disorders.

Work actively.

At Ergonomika, we know that the solution to this situation is to ensure that work is carried out in the most active way possible. That is:

  • Try to get up every 30 minutes or so while working.
  • If you have to sit for many hours at a time, get up and stand for at least 10 minutes.
  • Change position frequently. Ideally combine sitting, standing and walking.

The problem is not only to spend many hours sitting, but also to do so without breaks.

Combining sitting positions with periods of standing work has numerous benefits. It reduces the pressure on your back and upper body commonly associated with regular sitting. In addition, it will facilitate blood circulation in your legs, and the rest of your body.

A perfect chair for active working is the Hag Capisco chair. There is no better chair on the market for working in such an active way. Its design, inspired by the shape and movement of the human body, allows you to adopt more active and healthier postures than any other chair.

With the Capisco chair, you can combine seated and semi-standing work with maximum ease. In addition, its unconventional shape allows you to sit in all possible ways: forward, sideways or even backwards, with your chest on the backrest and your arms resting on the armrests. Hag Capisco will make you discover another concept of chair. Capisco is the chair that promotes a less sedentary lifestyle.

If you need to feel active while sitting, Capisco is the chair for you. Discover how Hag Capisco gives you the energy you lack in your day-to-day life, making you feel more active, more energetic and healthier while you work. All this will help you be more productive, decisive and creative.

Capisco is a very durable chair. It is made from 50% recycled material and is 90% recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly option as well.

In short, there is no doubt that the best posture is always the following one, the one we are going to adopt next. It is therefore important to remember to sit down when we need to, to stand up when we have been in the same position for a long time and to move whenever the body asks us to do so. Adopt a "dynamic sitting posture", encourage postural change while sitting, combine sitting with standing and walking. In short, allowing sedentary postures to vary continuously is a good starting point to combat the sedentary lifestyle at work, which causes so many health problems.

Companies should not lose sight of the fact that promoting active lifestyles at work will have economic benefits. After all, healthy workers are much more productive than sick ones.

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