EDLAB Education Innovation Project: Education That Moves You

The positive mood effects of sitting less

New research from Queensland University has highlighted that standing more during work hours positively affects one’s psychological well-being.

Although we might not realise it, we typically spend more than eight hours a day sitting. There is increasing awareness of the consequences of this habit, which reveals that extended periods of sitting come with serious health risks. In response, standing desks are being incorporated into work and educational environments. Recent research has demonstrated that standing workstations not only reduce health risks but also have a positive impact on emotional well-being.

Prolonged sedentary time has long been linked to a lowered mood and signs of depression. Much of this is due to the limitations of sitting, which doesn't provide the variety of positions needed for a comfortable lifestyle. New research from Queensland University has emphasised that standing more during work hours has a positive effect on one's psychological well-being.

Standing workstations can contribute to a more active and dynamic environment, benefiting not only your physical health but also your happiness and productivity. This, in turn, can enhance the quality of the work you produce. At EDLAB, our Education That Moves You project aims to bring these advantages to our students and staff, promoting standing tutorials throughout Maastricht University.

Go to EDLAB's Education That Moves You project page.

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