The findings have spawned a new diagnosis: “sitting disease.” And strikingly, even regular exercise and a healthy diet don’t protect you—sitting in a chair for eight hours after going to the gym and munching on tempeh is still sitting.” ‘Kill Your Desk Chair - & Start Standing’, Drake Bennett, Business Week, 28/06/2012
It never occurred to me that I could work standing at my desk until I heard about some taiji colleagues benefiting from doing so. Intuitively it seemed worth trying & I worked through my resistance (&, interestingly, fear) and tried standing at the computer. I found my body did not become tired during the day, I felt much less stagnant, my posture improved (I was 5’11”, now I am 6’), & so did my taiji, and, after a period of adjustment, seemed to be more productive in my work. At least for now I am a convert. Of course I do sit down sometimes – for meals, meetings and I have a handy filing cabinet next to me for when I’m in need of a change. I even lie down when its bed-time!