Stand up for your health

Sitting for long periods of time is making us fat and unhealthy. Research shows sitting more and standing less increases a person's risk of dying from heart disease and a range of other conditions. The worst news is no amount of physical activity a desk-bound worker does outside office hours can reduce the risk.


The research suggests sitting less than eight hours a day and completing at least 30 minutes of physical activity can protect you from a range of conditions.


So what's the answer to reducing your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes? Start standing up for your health!


Sitting less may seem a bit of a challenge, especially if you have a desk job, but just remember the more time you spend on your feet, the better. So start looking for ways you can stand more today. Our physical activity expert Emma Briskey has made some suggestions to get you started:


  • Answer phone calls and write text messages standing up
  • Grab a coffee and hold walking meetings
  • Wherever you can, walk instead of getting in the car
  • Get off the bus or train one stop early, and walk the rest of the way
  • Take a walk to talk to someone at work instead of sending an email
  • Hold stand-up meetings
  • Invest in an elevated desk and workspace
  • Give up your seat on the bus or train and stand for the journey
  • Stand up to do household chores like folding the washing.


For more tips on getting active check out the brand new Australian Government website Shape Up Australia