Sitting or standing? Which is best?

Title translated into English

Sitting or standing? Which is best?

Film: Duration in minutes

1:24 minutes

Content

Two researchers whose studies reach seemingly opposite conclusions about whether it's better to sit or stand for long periods of time at work explain why their findings aren't really contradictory.

Message

The opposite of prolonged sitting is not prolonged standing. The opposite of prolonged sitting is moving. So sit when you need to. Stand when you want to. And move whenever you can.

Background

It's not always easy for workers and employers to know what advice they should heed when they hear about studies that reach one conclusion one day and then a seemingly contradictory conclusion the next.

Take the issue of too much sitting at work. In 2015, newspaper headlines were warning readers about research showing people who regularly sit for too long in a day are at greater risk of serious health problems, even if they exercise. In 2017, headlines were telling people about research showing workers who stand for too long on the job are also at greater risk of serious health problems. Two of the scientists behind these headlines work at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

So we put them before the camera, side by side, to sort out the take-away message. In plain language, Dr. Avi Biswas and Dr. Peter Smith succinctly explain why their findings aren't contradictory and what workers who sit or stand for long periods on the job need to do. In their words, "Sit when you need to. Stand when you want to. And move whenever you can."

This short video was written and produced in-house by the communications team at IWH, including Uyen Vu (script) and Kristina Buccat (production).

Target Group

Workers who sit or stand on the job for long periods of time and their employers

Contact details Editor / Production company

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Ave., Suite 800, ca-M5G2E9 Toronto
1 416 927 20271 416 927 4167 https://www.iwh.on.ca