As counter-intuitive as it seems, people can be both physically activity and sedentary. How?
Sedentary behaviour, defined as time spent sitting, and physical activity, defined as time spent being physically active, are two distinct behaviours, each with their own risk factors.
Sit too much, and even if you’re highly active, you’re still at increased risk of severe health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, not to mention chronic back and neck pain, muscle degeneration, and mental health issues.
With 60% of Canadians spending their entire workday seated, and the average Canadian spending 69% of their waking hours sitting, there is a tremendous need to normalize standing in the workplace.
Changing workplace culture, habits and environments is often seen as time-consuming, complex and expensive. Stand-up desks are pricey, and companies are generally loath to invest in new workplace infrastructure without proof that employees will use it.
Enter Sit Kicker…
a low-cost stand-up desk that together with an app and a companion engagement and awareness-building toolkit, is the forthcoming national campaign to make becoming a stand up workplace easy, rewarding and fun.
With funding support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, our goal is to ship more than 3,000 Stand Up desk kits to over 1,500 worplaces across the country by the end of 2017, and to build a national movement that will permission new stand up routines in the workplace.
Working collaboratively with HR industry, office supply and other corporate, public sector and media partners, we aim to positively influence the health and well-being of tens of thousands of Canadian workers, and help them kick the sit out of their bad habits.