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Stand-Up Desks For the Office

Brilliant or Baffling: Stand-Up Desks

A study recently said that sitting all day can shorten your life span, but for those who hold office jobs, sitting at a desk all day is just part and parcel of the daily grind. This scary fact cited by a Medical Billing and Coding infographic says it all: "sitting 6+ hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3. Even if you exercise."

So what's the solution? Taking mini breaks and doing a bit of stretching in the bathroom or walking back and forth in the hallways. However, that seems a little tiresome, especially for those busy worker bees who don't want to take breaks when they are "in the zone."

Another alternative solution you can consider is the stand-up desk. If a sedentary lifestyle isn't for you, the stand-up desk will enable you to stand up all day long to do your work. I found a neat Safco stand-up desk at Overstock for $165. Unfortunately, this type of desk seems to be priced on the higher end . . . perhaps because it's such a unique product?

What do you think of the stand-up desk — brilliant or baffling?

Join The Conversation
amber512 amber512 6 years
I would love a desk where I could switch back and forth. Standing all day long isn't good for you either.
KittyFistpumps KittyFistpumps 6 years
I work in a call center doin 10 hour shifts. I actually find my self standing and moving around my cubicle as I work - I feel more comfortable. This article shows I am on the right track!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
A previous employer of mine just put a short wire rack on his standard desk and worked standing up for awhile. I don't think you need to go out and buy a desk if you want to stand and work.
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