(CNN)The average American spends half their day sitting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of our sitting time takes place at work, where we are glued to our computers as cogs in the post-farming, post-factory economy.
That can have major health impacts. According to the Mayo Clinic, those who sit for eight hours a day with no physical activity have a similar risk of dying as smokers.
The human body is not supposed stay still for that long. “The body is a perpetual motion machine,” former NASA scientist Joan Vernikos said. “We weren’t designed to sit.”
The solution? Standing desks! Proponents claim that eliminating sitting from your work life is almost as beneficial a health choice as quitting smoking.
Yes, our sedentary lifestyle does have serious health risks. Sitting for too long has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer and early death.
But unfortunately, the science behind the standing desk solution isn’t standing up to criticism.
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