Alternatives to the traditional desk chair have become popular as increasing evidence shows that prolonged sitting increases heart failure risk and disability risk and shortens life expectancy. A review found that sitting time was independently associated with poor health outcomes regardless of physical activity. Alternatives to sitting have become a new industry:
A new Cochrane review of 20 studies of sitting-alternatives showed that (wait for it) you need to actually use the sitting-alternative to avoid sitting. A summary of the review is here.
The studies’ primary outcome measure was time sitting. They found, overall, that sit-stand desks, pedaling desks and treadmill desks do not decrease time sitting by much because people do not use them; thus, the desk chair alternatives were not expected to improve health status.
(This post = 2400 steps on my treadmill desk.)
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Do you have a cite for this: “You need to actually use the sitting-alternative to avoid sitting.”
Yes! The citation is the Cochrane review hyperlinked in the post.