It is one thing to stand while you are cooking but what if you were given the challenge to spend a whole month standing only being allowed to sit when you are using the bathroom, sleeping or driving? Could you do it? Dan Kois, a writer at New York Magazine did. Mr. Kois kept a detailed and very entertaining diary to keep track of his long days of standing and the joy he felt when finding a reason to sit. He also notes that walking felt a whole lot better than standing.
Most of us would never be able to succeed at such a standing challenge and why would you want to?
After all, sitting may be bad for you but standing all the time is also bad for you. According to Dr. April Chambers, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh “Science has known for a long time that standing all the time is bad for you, longer than we’ve known about sitting. Seven of the ten top occupations require standing for a prolonged period,” she says. “Retail, manufacturing, health care: There are big workforces where people stand a lot.”
Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, increases blood flow and increases metabolism but it also greatly increases the risk of cartoid atherosclerosis and if you are standing and working on the computer wrist extension problems.
Another problem is that most of us don’t actually want to stand all day.
Because we don’t want to stand all day or even stand for a large portion of the day we don’t stick with it. We tend to start off with great intentions but give up after a month and go back to sitting most of the day. The answer of course lies in moderation, sit some of the time, then stand and most importantly take the time to go for a walk.