Does using sit-stand desks at work affect how many calories people burn and how much time they spend sitting over the entire day?

IMG_1020Office-based workers spend the majority of their working day sitting, which may put them at risk. One potential way of reducing workplace sitting is through the installation of sit-stand desks (i.e. adjustable desks which allow individuals to work in sitting or standing positions). However, key uncertainties remain with regards to the use of such desks, including their effect on the amount of energy people expend when using them at work and during the rest of the day, and their impact on sitting time in and outside of the workplace in the longer-term. We a running a feasibility study to address these uncertainties. The study has been registered on the ISRCTN registry: and the protocol has been published.

Status: Ongoing. Mantzari et al.

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