We’re all relatively aware of the benefits of standing versus sitting in regards to our overall physical health and wellbeing. There have been plenty of studies conducted over the years that suggest jobs in which sitting occupies a vast majority of your day aren’t exactly the best for our bodies, hence why things like standing desks and compact exercise machines to place under a work desk have become popular in office job settings.
As it turns out, standing can be good for our bodies in ways we may not have considered to be possible, for example, when it comes to preventing the development of chronic diseases and illnesses, says an article by Good News Network.
“In a Finnish collaborative study, researchers noticed that standing is associated with better insulin sensitivity. Increasing the daily standing time may therefore help prevent chronic diseases.
“Insulin is a key hormone in energy metabolism and blood sugar regulation. Normal insulin function in the body may be disturbed by, for example, being overweight, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
“Type 2 diabetes is one the most common lifestyle diseases worldwide, and its onset is usually preceded by impaired insulin sensitivity, or insulin resistance. This refers to a state in which the body does not react to insulin normally, and the blood glucose levels rise.
“Lifestyle has a strong impact on insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes, and regular physical activity is known to have an important role in the prevention of these issues.
“… Next, the researchers aim to investigate how changes in daily activity and sedentariness impact cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk factors and metabolism by comparing two groups in an intervention study of a longer duration,” the article explains.
While standing may not seem like a groundbreaking treatment in the context of health, I think the information in this article suggests otherwise.