TAKE A STAND
Standing desks can break you out of a sedentary work life, but they’re not for everyone.
SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING, or so the current meme goes. Does that mean you should march down to HR and demand a standing desk? Maybe. On the plus side, standing burns about 20 percent more energy than sitting, according to the Cornell Human Factors and ▸rgonomics Research Group. The primary hangup with standing is, sometimes it can hurt. A certain part of the population is more or less “standing intolerant” due to leg or back pain, according Jay Kapellusch, associate professor of occupational science at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At advertising agency Hoffman York, there are some 20 “sit-to-stand” desks that convert quickly from one to the other. Angie Buchanan, vice president/account supervisor, weighs in on what it’s like working this way.
Standing desks are more popular in Europe and have caught on in Milwaukee among younger employees. Being on your feet for just an hour at a time seems to reverse sleepiness and lethargy, says Buchanan. It takes you out of the afternoon slump. Standing...