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Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:36:02 AM »
This is what I keep reading (as I'm sitting down at my computer, ha!)  So does anyone have a job where stand-up work stations are an option?  I know the management where I work would never approve this, they are cheap bastards and could probably care less if I died early anyway!  (they can always hire someone younger and pay them less.  Do I sound bitter?)

I think if you sit on your ass too much you are more prone to things like heart disease, colon cancer, and lazy-itis. 

For those who have stand-up work stations, how do these work for you compared to the sit-down version?  Do you have the urge to just sit down and do nothing like most of the rest of us???


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Re: Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 07:09:45 AM »
I sit at work.   All the time.   I'm fat.

For my studio - I have a stainless steel kitchen prep table as my desk - and my synth rack set at same height...  everything is at perfect "stand up" height - and I have a bar stool right now for sitting...  I plan to get a good hydraulic drafting chair at some point.   I've kind of blown my music budget about 5 times over this year - so that can wait.   

I alternate between standing and sitting when working on music or computer stuff at home.
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Re: Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 01:48:01 PM »
I read something about this a few months ago, and it really bugged me. I spend a lot of time sitting, almost unavoidably, but have always believed/hoped that my solid exercise habits offset all my time spent immobile.

I recently put a stand-up desk in my home office (not in response to this article -- I just like to work standing up, at least some of the time) but there's really no hope of me being able to stand up much at all during the day.  I do have an off-site work area (which I was able to specify with a wide stand-up work surface that fills two walls) but I don't get to go there as much as I'd like.

A walking desk would be the ultimate!  Maybe someday.
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Re: Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 04:19:07 PM »
Back in 1983 I worked for one of the old "Ma Bell" telephone companies.  For strike duty I was assigned to a directory assistance office.  (Remember those days?  When real people handled directory assistance?)

Anyway, there was a set ratio of standing work stations to desks.  Mostly it was for people with back trouble who had trouble sitting for long periods.  It did make for a nice break.
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Re: Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 07:41:51 PM »
And the saddest thing about all of this?  You guys are missing golden opportunites to work on your wushu horse stances rather than sitting while at work: