The findings, based on interviews and surveys with over 1,000 people from a variety of jobs, showed that people were spending an average of five hours and 41 minutes sitting at their desks throughout the day.
Dr Myanna Duncan, of Loughborough University, said: “We’re looking at an ageing population, working later into their lives. To work later you need to be healthy.”
Participants claimed that they simply ‘forgot’ to stand up, after becoming absorbed in work or inundated with things to do.
The results also showed that people who spent a lot of time sitting at their desks at work were also more likely to sit around at home.
When workers spend nearly the same amount of time sitting in a stationary position as they do sleeping at night, obesity and health problems are bound to rise.
The findings are due to be presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Occupational Conference later on this year.
Dr Duncan advises office workers to make a conscious effort to get out of their chairs and move around throughout the day. She suggests talking to colleagues face to face rather than using email, or placing post-it notes on screens to act as reminders.
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