THE DANGERS OF SITTING
Evidence suggests that prolonged sitting is common in Australian workplaces.
It is associated with significant negative health outcomes and is increasingly being recognised in the community as an important issue that needs attention.
Operating a crane
What do you think are some common health problems related to 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
Self-report or diaries
Occupational coding using databases
Objective measurements using small devices (such as accelerometers and inclinometers)
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.
## 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.