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Pros and cons of sitting, standing, walking, perching at work

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If you're chained to a work desk, you don't have to be chained to a chair: options abound for standing, perching, walking, even pedaling at the office.

The stand-up revolution kicked off in the last few years when "sitting can kill you" articles went viral from cubicle to cubicle.

The most recent analysis, published last month in the Annals of Internal Medicine, pooled data from 41 international studies. The Toronto researchers found that regardless of regular exercise, the amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death.

The data is a boon for smarter ergonomics products include stability balls, perching desks, treadmill desks and more.

Injury prevention expert Jennifer Mempin will explain the pros and cons of each option.

Have you changed your desk habits? What effects did you notice?


Jennifer Mempin, Injury Prevention Program Manager at UCLA’s Health System