Neither standing nor sitting: the ideal posture to work is both

We are not designed to spend a long time lying, sitting or standing. For that reason, if we look for an ideal posture to work for many hours, for example, in front of the computer, the ideal posture is that there is no ideal posture: we must change every little time.

It is at least what a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh proposes. For them, the ideal is to alternate each position not only for health reasons, but to partly avoid overweight and to be more productive. They also recommend doing basic stretches from time to time during the workday (for example, repeat the following five times: place your hands on your hip and bend back for three or four seconds).

Naturally, to make this alternative feasible we must have higher tables that allow us to continue working when standing. In this way, and in the short term, they would increase productivity and energy and lower blood sugar, blood pressure and back pain.

Low back pain are among the most frequent reasons for leaving work. The pain occurs because when sitting the pressure between the discs of the spine increases and, in addition, the back loses its natural curvature. But nevertheless, an upright position has the opposite effect.

Other potential health benefits of working standing up are based on the finding that many sitting hours are linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.