Sit-stand workstations: a randomized controlled trial shows considerable positive impacts


Office-based workers can spend as much as 10–11 h of a working day in a seated static posture [1], which represents an ergonomic hazard in the physical work environment [2]. Prolonged sitting and total sitting time are associated with poor metabolic health [3], greater risk of chronic diseases [4] and premature mortality [5]. Office workers are therefore at increased risk of the negative health outcomes associated with excessive sitting including obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, depression and chronic back and neck pain


Short-term use of a feasible sit-stand workstation reduced daily sitting time and led to beneficial improvements in cardiometabolic risk parameters in asymptomatic office workers. These findings imply that if the observed use of the sit-stand workstations continued over a longer duration, sit-stand workstations may have important ramifications for the prevention and reduction of cardiometabolic risk in a large proportion of the working population.