Public Health England and a community interest company offered guidelines that help promote the avoidance of prolonged periods of sedentary work.
In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the authors recommend standing for an accumulated time of at least two hours per day and doing some light activity such as light walking at work. This should eventually increase to four hours a day.
To reach the recommended number of hours, the study suggests that workers who sit most of the time should regularly break up their sedentary work patterns, use “sit-stand” desks, and have short active standing breaks. The authors stress that these measures should also include other health promotion goals such as improved nutrition and reducing alcohol, smoking and stress.
The study emphasizes that prolonged sitting raises the likelihood of cardiometabolic illness and early death.
For more information about the study, the nature of the data used, and the need for further study, read the abstract.