A panel of international experts have recommended a minimum of two hours daily standing time, in the first ever UK guidance on the topic: The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity.
Office workers should be on their feet for up to four hours a day to curb the health risks of too much cumulative sitting time.
Professor John Buckley, lead author of the expert statement, said: “Irrespective of your level of physical activity, prolonged sedentary working leads to a significant increase in the risk of: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, depression and muscle and joint problems.”
However, prolonged static standing should also be avoided. Occupational standing and walking have, however, not been shown to be causally linked to low back and neck pain and can provide relief.