Stand­ing desks

Irish Independent - - Culture & Features -

Please — take a seat.

Ac­tu­ally I’ll stay stand­ing.

Weird. But okay.

I’d love to sit down but Tim Cook says I can’t.

Ap­ple’s boss has for­bid­den you from park­ing your­self in a chair?

More or less — he has in­sisted em­ploy­ees at Ap­ple’s $5b new HQ in Cal­i­for­nia utilise stand­ing desks.

You have stay stand­ing while try­ing to fig­ure out how to turn off your iPhone? So un­fair!

Cook has likened sit­ting to can­cer. So em­ploy­ees can’t claim to be sur­prised.

I don’t know about you but stand­ing all day would play havoc with my back. I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a phan­tom twinge just think­ing about it.

Stand­ing desks have a seat­ing fa­cil­ity so it’s not as if you’ll be on your feet the en­tire day. To quote Cook: “If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much bet­ter for your life­style.”

Is this the lat­est Sil­i­con Val­ley life­style hack the rest of us are go­ing to be adopt­ing even­tu­ally?

Pos­si­bly — Google and Mi­crosoft have in­tro­duced ‘tread­mill’ desks for em­ploy­ees. You can ram­ble — okay, walk on the spot — as you work.

Sounds like a break from the of­fice grind.

Pos­si­bly, but your wal­let might need a sit-down. Tread­mill desks can re­tail from €1,000.

Yes, but with proven health ben­e­fits, right?

The science is less than de­fin­i­tive. Us­ing a walk­ing desk at 1.5km per hour can burn 2.6 calo­ries per minute, over 60 min­utes.

Bet­ter than pil­ing it on!

An­other sur­vey found that work­ers who are sit­ting have bet­ter pow­ers of rec­ol­lec­tion than those us­ing stand­ing desks. Burn­ing calo­ries and burn­ing grey mat­ter may be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

On your feet: Stand­ing desk

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