'Standing Desks' Catch On for Health Benefits

... as studies warn about dangers of sitting for long stretches
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2011 4:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – A slew of stories warning about the health risks of sitting too much has led to an uptick in interest about desks that allow people to stand, writes Todd Wasserman at Mashable. Exhibit A: Traffic has quadrupled in recent weeks to standupdesks.com. "Right now, such desks are tiny niche in the market, but, thanks to those recent articles, things are picking up," he writes.

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The alternatives range from inexpensive makeshift desks to electronic retractable versions that can run up to $2,000. Short of that, an ergonomist (who doesn't quite buy all the recent hype) suggests getting out of yours chair for "microbreaks" every half-hour so or. Mashable provides a photo of gallery of standup desks here, and Boing Boing (which prefers the term "standing desk") has another example here. (Read more standing desk stories.)

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