New Survey: To Sit or Stand? Almost 70% of Full Time American Workers Hate Sitting, but They do it all Day Every Day
Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Health and Productivity
17 Jul, 2013, 07:00 ET
ST. PAUL, Minn., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Americans have to sit all day at work and they despise it. A new survey commissioned by Ergotron, a global manufacturer of digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products including sit-stand desks, found that nearly 70 percent of full time American workers hate sitting, yet 86 percent do it all day, every day. When they do get up, more than half (56 percent) use getting food as an excuse.
On top of all of that sitting at work, and for meals and commuting, the respondents:
- Sit another 1-2 hours while watching TV (36 percent)
- Game another 1-2 hours (10 percent)
- Lounge for 1-2 hours for things such as reading (25 percent)
- Use their home computer for 1-2 hours (29 percent)
In total, Americans are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day. While Americans know about the importance of exercise, only 31 percent go to the gym, and 56 percent devote less than $10 per month to staying active. However, 96 percent would be willing to stand more to improve their health or life expectancy, and 30 percent even responded that they would rather go without coffee for a week to stand.
The survey also found that the vast majority (93 percent) didn't know what "Sitting Disease" is, but 74 percent believe that sitting too much could lead to an early death. The term "Sitting Disease" has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. Just last month, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting.
"Research is showing links between sedentary lifestyles and diabetes, several types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease," said Jane Payfer, an Ergotron spokesperson. "There is a significant opportunity for people to change their behavior in the workplace and for corporations to change their cultures. Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar levels and ramps up metabolism. Frequently overlooked, standing more is the simplest, easiest change someone can make."
This is Ergotron's second survey in three years on the effects of sitting for office workers. The 2010 survey can be found here.
- An Infographic illustrating the survey findings can be viewed at JustStand.org.
- 8 ways to stand more every day.
- Ergotron's JustStand™ Index – Revisited annually, the Index will show the growth of awareness around the problems of sitting and will quantify the following questions:
- Do you know what sitting disease is?
- Are you aware of sit/stand computing products?
- Have you requested sit/stand products at work?
For more detail and analysis of the survey findings, the JustStand® Report by Ergotron is available at http://www.juststand.org/portals/3/literature/SurveyIndexReport.pdf. The Survey and Index results are being presented at the 3rd Annual JustStand Wellness Summit today, via live stream at Juststand.org/summit.
The Ergotron survey was fielded by independent panel research firm Research Now from June 21 to June 25, 2013. The responses were generated from a survey of 1,000 people who self-identified as full-time employees. All respondents are age 18 or older and living in the continental United States. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 3.1 percent.
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 30 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount, StyleView, TeachWell, WorkFit and Neo-Flex—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron's products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron's products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.(Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.
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