‘Sitting disease’ refers to several diseases exacerbated by a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic issues all have links to insufficient activity. Inactivity slows your metabolism down and affects your body’s natural ability to break down body fat, regulate blood sugar levels, and regulate blood pressure. Standing or taking short walking breaks to interrupt long periods of sitting can reduce this risk.
Back pain is a common ailment for anyone who spends long periods of time sitting. Constant sitting even in ergonomic chairs doesn’t sufficiently support your back, and can eventually lead to slumping of shoulders. Both of these factors lead to bad posture, which in turn causes muscle pain and even spinal problems.
Being inactive for most of your day can cause fatigue and lethargy, which negatively affect your motivation and productivity at work. A few hours a day upright at a standing desk can boost your concentration and make you feel more alert and ready to work.