Don’t Sit, Don’t Stand: Keep Moving While at Work

I have been thinking a lot more about ergonomics recently after having two weeks out of the office and returning to work. A few days after being back at the desk during my work day, I noticed some discomfort building up in my lower back and legs. I suspect it was probably there before my extended time away from the desk and I’m just noticing it more now after the break. Because of this I have been doing some research into better workspace ergonomics. I will probably write more in the future about this but for now here is an interesting excerpt from an article published by Cornell University:

[…] then every 20 minutes stand for 8 minutes AND MOVE for 2 minutes. The absolute time isn’t critical but about every 20-30 minutes take a posture break and stand and move for a couple of minutes.  Simply standing is insufficient. Movement is important to get blood circulation through the muscles. And movement is FREE! Research shows that you don’t need to do vigorous exercise (e.g. jumping jacks) to get the benefits, just walking around is sufficient. So build in a pattern of creating greater movement variety in the workplace (e.g. walk to a printer, water fountain, stand for a meeting, take the stairs, walk around the floor, park a bit further away from the building each day).

Sitting and Standing at Work, Cornell University Ergonomics Web