Ergonomics at work

Risks and advice if you work 8 hours sitting

Riesgos y consejos si trabajas 8 horas sentado

Nowadays, most of us who work in an office spend a large part of our day sitting at a desk. Although this routine may seem harmless, the reality is that working for long hours in a sedentary position carries various health risks that must be taken into account.

In this article, we will explore the risks of working 8 hours sitting and how these can negatively affect our long-term health.

1. Postural problems and muscle pain:

Sitting for long periods can cause poor posture, which contributes to the development of muscular and skeletal problems. The lower back, neck and shoulders are areas especially prone to tension and pain due to prolonged incorrect positioning.

2. Weight gain:

A sedentary lifestyle is directly linked to weight gain and obesity. Lack of physical activity reduces caloric expenditure, which can lead to an energy imbalance and, ultimately, increased body fat. This risk is compounded by the fact that many people who work long hours sitting tend to lead a less active lifestyle outside of work.

3. Cardiovascular problems:

Prolonged sitting is also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Lack of movement can negatively affect blood circulation and increase the likelihood of developing heart disease and circulatory problems.

4. Metabolic syndrome:

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess abdominal fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels, is linked to physical inactivity. Working 8 hours sitting contributes to this syndrome, increasing the risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

5. Psychological problems:

Mental health can also be affected by sedentary work. Lack of movement and monotony can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. The feeling of being stuck at a desk for long hours can have a negative impact on our emotional well-being.

6. Circulation problems:

Working 8 hours sitting can also hinder blood circulation, which increases the risk of developing blood clots and thrombosis. Lack of leg movement can cause blood to pool in the lower extremities, increasing the risk of circulatory problems.


With the increasing reliance on jobs that require long hours in front of a screen, it is essential that employers and employees are aware of the risks associated with sedentary work.

Encouraging healthy habits, such as stretch breaks, light exercise, and implementing ergonomic desks, can help mitigate these risks and improve health.

The key is to find a balance between work productivity and care to ensure a more sustainable and healthy work environment. At Eleva we care about your well-being, which is why our ergonomic chairs and desks are designed to promote comfort and support proper posture, thus reducing the negative impact of long hours of sedentary work.

Guillem Hernández

CEO Eleva

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