In offices across the country, sitting is the new smoking. Here’s why workers are shunning ergonomic chairs in favor of standing desks:
Americans sit more than eight hours a day on average.
- Standing instead of sitting in a classroom improved students’ test scores by 20%.
- Changing to a standing desk burns an extra 500 to 1,000 calories daily.
- Standing three hours a day for one year is equal to running 10 marathons.
- People who spend the bulk of their day sitting have a 24% greater risk of colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer.*
*Time Magazine and BBC
This article originally appeared in our 2015 Health issue.