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Sitting and Standing

Sitting is now associated with significant negative health outcomes.

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The dangers of sitting

Why is sitting for extended periods bad for you?
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THE DANGERS OF SITTING

The dangers of sitting

Evidence suggests that prolonged sitting is common in Australian workplaces.

The dangers of sitting

It is associated with significant negative health outcomes and is increasingly being recognised in the community as an important issue that needs attention.

The dangers of sitting

Computer-based tasks

The dangers of sitting

Truck driving

The dangers of sitting

Operating a crane

The dangers of sitting

What do you think are some common health problems related to sitting?

The dangers of sitting

The negative health effects from prolonged sitting are due to... ## Insufficient movement and muscle activity Low energy expenditure Not moving enough Not changing posture enough

Measuring sedentary work

Learn how to track and take control of your sitting habits.
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MEASURING SEDENTARY WORK

Measuring sedentary work

Self-report or diaries

Measuring sedentary work

Occupational coding using databases

Measuring sedentary work

Objective measurements using small devices (such as accelerometers and inclinometers)

Measuring sedentary work

Examples of substituting sitting with non-sedentary tasks also include... ## Switching to work on a computer at a standing workstation Standing to read a document Standing while talking on the phone Walking to deliver a message to a colleague rather than emailing

A worker can be physically active and meet the guidelines of at least 2.5–5 hours of moderate intensity or ‘huff and puff’ physical activity per week, and still spend much of their time being sedentary.

Measuring sedentary work

## Health problems caused by prolonged sitting remain even if you exercise vigorously every day, highlighting the fact that excessive sitting and physical inactivity are separate health hazards.

Measuring sedentary work

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