The Many Benefits of Standing at Your Desk

I used to sit down on the job. For hours a day, derriere planted firmly in chair, I read, wrote, and edited. It’s been a torment — I love what I do, but I hate to sit. Over the years, I’ve developed little tricks to burn off excess energy and add activity bits throughout the day, like bouncing my right leg and printing to a printer far down the hallway.

I’ve discovered something better. A few months ago, I fired my chair and brought in a stand-up desk. This move has made a huge difference in my work day. My back isn’t so achy. I’m taking several thousand more steps each day. I feel more alert, especially in the afternoon, and it seems like I am getting more done each day.


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