New Study: Standing More at Work is Associated with Less Neck and Back Pain and More Optimal BMI for Office Workers


Start StandingDETROIT, MI – Locally based health organization announced today that their new study has revealed that standing more and sitting less is correlated with less neck and back pain and a more optimal BMI.  Start Standing researchers have come to these conclusions after analyzing survey data from office workers who typically sit and/or stand at their desks during a typical workday.


The first major finding is that “standers” (respondents who stand 20% or more of the time) experience 31% less back pain than “sitters” (respondents who stand less than 20% of the time), on average.  The study also found that “standers” experience 28% less neck pain than their “sitters” counterparts.  The final major finding was that “standers” report having an average BMI of 24.9 while “sitters” reported an average BMI of 27.1 – a difference of 8%.  Thus, standing more at work is associated with neck and back pain and a more optimal BMI for office workers.


Author Dr. RJ Burr asks, “Is the difference maker of the statistics really standing versus sitting, or maybe people who stand at work already tend to be health conscious, practicing other health-conscious habits like walking, exercise, and diet/nutrition?… I believe, at very least, standing at work imparts active behaviors and a healthy mindset, which leads to overall wellness.”


About Start Standing

Start Standing was founded by Ryan Fiorenzi, in partnership with Dr. RJ Burr, following years of debilitating back.  After having talked to dozens of chiropractors, physical therapists and other experts his pain was gone and his mission became to help others by introducing them to the power of a movement-based lifestyle.  Ryan assembled a team of passionate and knowledgeable health professionals to help him create step-by-step programs to that show people how to lead a more active lifestyle. Start Standing provides comprehensive product guides and consumer reviews to help people make better and more informed choices. For more information on this study please visit



To learn more about this study, please contact

Aaron Karns, Director of Communications

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