Sedentary behavior is a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases, especially those of cardiovascular and metabolic origins. Prolonged sitting is one of the most common sedentary behaviors among adults. Individuals sit for hours every day for several reasons, including work and or physical limitations. Historical accounts regarding the negative health effects of prolonged sitting began with early epidemiological studies, which sparked a breakout of research examining this behavior in the workplace setting. Understanding the risks associated with prolonged workplace sitting is important when considering workplace interventions, such as sit-stand workstations. These interventions appear to be beneficial in reducing sedentary time in the workplace. Other methods of reducing prolonged sitting outside of the workplace have been studied and could, potentially, be implemented in the workplace. These methods include short bouts of physical activity and non-exercise related activity, such as fidgeting. Overall, implementing workplace interventions could potentially alleviate the cardio-metabolic health risks associated with occupational prolonged sitting.
International Journal of Exercise Science
Credeur, D. P.,
McCoy, S. M.
(2019). Too Much Workplace Sitting: A Brief Historical Perspective. International Journal of Exercise Science, 12(2), 777-785.
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