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8.42am: Sit at desk. 9.05am: Stand up. 9.20am: Walk to Pi­lates. 12pm: Back at desk, stand. 1pm: Sit down. Get caught up in work and for­get to stand up. Re­mind my­self to down­load StandApp, in which you can set an alarm at in­ter­vals as a re­minder to get up through­out the day. 2.30pm: Stand up. My lower back feels a bit sore. 3.30pm: Sit down. 4.55pm: Stand up. 5.30pm: Sit down. I feel good, and less fuzzy than usual, plus the usual trig­ger spots – my back, shoul­ders, neck and head – aren’t as tight or sore. Af­ter a few days of experiencing the sit-stand desk, I de­cide to con­duct some anec­do­tal re­search and ar­range to visit my friend, Lucy, who works as a lawyer at a new me­dia com­pany.

Along with the req­ui­site bar, ping pong ta­ble, and fully stocked fridge, the em­ploy­ees are equipped with an elec­tronic sit-stand desk, and when I visit mid-morn­ing, about 15 per cent of peo­ple are stand­ing. Lucy is al­most a year into us­ing her “nifty” desk and says the benefits in­clude feel­ing more alert in the af­ter­noons (stand­ing is an ex­cel­lent cure for 3.30-itis) and a re­duc­tion in shoul­der ten­sion.

“When I feel my shoul­ders mak­ing their way up to my ears, stand­ing up is so much bet­ter as I can’t re­ally tense up,” she says.

Like me, she hasn’t re­ally set­tled into a rou­tine with the desk yet, but usu­ally starts the day sit­ting, then stands for a few hours in the morn­ing and again in the af­ter­noon.

Glanc­ing around her of­fice, I can’t help but hope that I’m look­ing at the ubiq­ui­tous of­fice of the fu­ture, where a chair is just a chair and none of them are lit­er­ally try­ing to kill you.

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