According to new research out of Ontario Canada, standing too much at work can be just as damaging to your health as too much sitting.
Researchers say standing too long can lead to blood pooling in the legs, increase pressure in the veins and increased oxidative stress, which can all contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The research, The Relationship Between Occupational Standing and Sitting and Incident Heart Disease Over a 12-year Period shows the health impact of prolonged sitting, with researchers comparing the risk of heart disease among more than 7000 workers across varying occupations.
The researchers found that those who primarily stand at work are twice as likely to develop heart disease as people who primarily sit.
This research should be heeded by the construction industry, who have a tendency to value productivity over health and safety in many cases.