How long do you spend sitting a day?

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By now, you've probably seen a few articles or news features about 'sitting disease'.

Excess sitting has been linked to a host of medical problems, including a higher risk of heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, if you sit more than 8 hours a day, this risk increases by 40%. Sitting for prolonged periods of time also causes a decrease in muscle activity, resulting in pain or spasms and static muscle fatigue.

The news is even worse when you start to think about how long you spend a day sitting down. I had shrugged off the 8 hours a day statistic until I thought more about it and started calculating how long I sit for in an average day.

Like many of us, I work full time in an office environment and commute to work. These were my results:

7.00am - 8.00am : Alarms gone off and I'm watching Eamonn Holmes on Sky News whilst eating breakfast. At 8.00, I walk 10 mins to the train station to catch my train to work.

8.15am - 8.30am: My train ride to Posturite HQ

8.30am - 12.30pm: Sitting at my desk all morning. At half twelve, I take an hour's lunch and walk around the village before returning at 1.30. I then sit all afternoon until 5.00pm, only getting up for the occasional drink of water or to nip to the toilet.

5.00pm -10.30pm: Train back home, and an evening of TV/PlayStation/surfing the net until bed at around 10.30pm

Pretty shocking, huh? This clocked up to over a staggering 13 hours in a single day spent sitting whilst working, eating and relaxing!

The solution you think is simple: Go for a jog, join a gym or play a sport in the evenings instead. However, while going to the gym or pool after work is better than heading straight for the sofa, spending long periods of time remaining seated is still bad for you which is the main issue. Experts are beginning to agree that being more active simply means moving more during the day.

With this in mind, I have decided to start looking after myself and make sure that I'm more active during the working day.

This week, I will be using one of our DeskRite desks, to see if I can master the art of sit-stand and use the desk at standing level for varied periods of my working day, as well as finding out other ways to keep active whilst in the office.

The beauty of the DeskRite desk is that it is height adjustable at the touch of a button, controlled by a clever electric up and down switch so you can change from sitting to standing in seconds. You can also monitor your time standing with the Linak Wellness switch, which is what I will be doing, to make sure that I get into the habit and use a sit-stand desk whilst at work. If you are curious about how the DeskRite works, you can see our latest video of the DeskRite desk in action below.

How long do you spend seated during an average day? Do you have a standing desk? How do you keep active during the day if you are in an office job? - let us know your thoughts!