A high percentage of you work desk jobs. You may be aware that the human body is simply not designed to sit for long periods of time. Throughout most of our history, we have been farmers, hunters, soldiers, or some other profession that required we actually stand upright. (See chart below; click to view full-size)
So some New York Times blogger recommended that we switch to stand-up workstations to improve our health. One of the studies noted that even among regular exercisers, long periods of sitting correlated with worse health. It was a decent read, but even more fascinating than the article were readers’ reactions. Whether they liked the content or not, people seemed to think the article was saying more than it really did. (No one said standing instead of sitting is a cure-all for health, but some people got that impression anyway.)
In any case, several months ago, I raised my desk and have been trying to stand a good portion of the day while working (sometimes I get lazy). It may not be plowing fields or shaking down peasants for a feudal lord’s taxes. But it’s gotta be better than nothing.