16 Responses to “Stand Up for Your Health: mini-mission”


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  1. Good grief – I’m a nurse! The opportunity to sit for any length of time at all during my 12+ hour shifts is a blessing; standing, moving, stretching, pulling, walking, and walking faster are all part of the job. Good luck with static standing :).

  2. I feel like I sit a lot, but I know realistically, I’m also up a lot chasing children.

    As for the research, be careful to use such studies. That information is strictly correlational, which basically does not mean much. For example, there was a study done decades ago where they noted an increase in murders along with an increase in ice cream sales. Ice cream buying increased murders? Nope, they were correlates, but had no causal relationship. The causal factor was an increase in the summer heat. This isn’t to say that standing isn’t good, but such a study has SO many confounding variables that it’s hard to take their data seriously.

  3. Timely advice! I’ve been acutely aware I’m sitting way too much for long periods of time. Standing is something that is easy to incorporate into my day without losing any productivity.

  4. hmmm….don’t think i want the varicose veins my mum has from forty odd years of standing up in front of a classroom. that said, getting up and moving around is a good thing.

  5. Interesting, I will give it a try, but I have to be honest – as changing habits go, this isn’t an easy one to change for me personally! Still I always make sure I get up and walk as much as possible, maybe two or three times a day. I find that if I am not exercising I get an excess build up of energy in my body. Maybe standing will help use that energy in a focused way.

  6. I’m really interested in trying a standing desk. I’ve read a lot about them, and it’s intriguing. I can see how you would get a lot more done. Once I’m sitting down I tend to stay there – waiting to put filing away or whatever until I am already standing up. But if you are pemanently standing, then it makes sense that you would just get on and do it then.

    I may try it with some books as you suggested. This is a great idea. I had thought that I would need to build a special desk for the purpose, but now I can try it out and see how it works for me. Thanks for the nudge!

  7. I read some similar articles a few months ago, and started standing at my desk at work. People around me all think I’m ridiculous, but I have to tell you: it feels great! I feel a lot more focused at my desk, and quite confident that this is healthier than sitting all day long. I do take breaks every so often if my feet start to hurt, but generally after a few minutes, I’m able to jump back up and get to work. Try it, you’ll like it!

  8. Ryan

    I started standing at work about a year ago because of lower back pain. The back pain went away, and I have felt more productive. I’ve also lost weight, but I think that’s more due to increased exercise, but I’m sure that the standing doesn’t hurt. I got a few silly comments at first, but a lot of people have been sincerely curious, and several have even joined me. Some readers suggested the research isn’t conclusive, fine, but I can tell you that for me and everyone I’ve talked to who has done it, it has been a good thing.

  9. Amy

    I had just started exercising again in June and noticed that all the sitting was making me feel stiffer especially when I had exercised the day before. I get interesting reactions from people that pass by as well. They think I’m weird but some are realizing the benefits. In fact, one of the ladies at work who saw my setup was inspired to do it as well.

    When I work at home, I missed my jerry-rigged standing desk at the office that I put one together for home as well. Here’s my setup: http://bit.ly/amydesk

    Standing desks are actually not a new idea. Offices and schools had standing desks in the 1800′s and Ernest Hemingway worked at a standing desk: http://bit.ly/tqCMg7

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