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Active Workstations Improve Cognitive Performance

A Mayo Clinic study found that incorporating active workstations, including walking pads, bikes, steppers, and standing desks, can reduce sedentary time and enhance mental cognition at work without compromising job performance. Prolonged sedentary behavior increases the risk of preventable chronic diseases. The research involved 44 participants in a randomized clinical trial at Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, evaluating four office settings over four days. Neurocognitive function improved or remained stable when using active workstations, with typing speed slightly reduced but accuracy unaffected. The study underscores the importance of combating sedentary behavior in the workplace to promote cardiovascular health and overall wellbeing, suggesting active workstations as a potential strategy for prevention and treatment of conditions like obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.