Way back in an early discussion of sitting disease, pioneering researcher James Levine said, “If sitting is the problem, standing is the answer.”
He told me a while back that what he really meant to say was, “If inactivity is the problem, activity is the answer.”
Human bodies aren’t designed to be sedentary all day. You simply need to be able to move during your work day, regardless of your job.
So an active office environment is a prerequisite for health and wellness in the modern office.
In an active office, it’s easy to get up and move, to regularly change positions, and to otherwise honor your human body’s propensity to be active.
Until lately, office environments have been designed to make you sedentary. The very nature of classic office activities like reading, writing, computing, talking, and thinking traditionally plop you into a chair.
Now that we know how surprisingly dangerous the simple activity of sitting is many of us are migrating to standing desks, holding standing meetings, and otherwise trying to get out of our chairs. This kind of routine activity offers an antidote to sitting disease and the orthopedic aches and pains that can come with an office job.