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Stand up for comfort–and more energy, too

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Standing up—not only when you take a break but also while working—can keep you comfortable and energized throughout the day.

Studies of people using sit/stand workstations in the past few years indicate that the ability to shift position easily several times a day can:

  • Reduce foot swelling.
  • Decrease spinal shrinkage.
  • Trim the number and length of breaks you need to take.
  • Increase productivity.
  • Decrease injuries and illness.
  • Diminish fatigue.

Given the option, people with usually sedentary jobs in front of computers choose to work while standing about 20% of the day.

In one study by a Cornell University ergonomics expert, three people were so happy with the switch to an experimental electric adjustable workstation from a fixed-height stations that they refused to give up "their" new desks.

If you can't persuade your boss to pay for an adjustable workstation, alter your work habits throughout the day to change your position.

Two easy options: 1. Stand while making phone calls. 2. Drink lots of water. (Answering Nature's call reminds you not only to stand up but to move around too.)

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Keith Hamm December 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Or try a treadmill desk. Yes, they do exist and are easy to use, especially for the at-home worker. They walk you at a slow speed and really make a difference in your health and well being.

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