But now the evidence is piling up that Propst was absolutely right, that standing is important, but change and movement even more so. It burns calories; At JustStand.Org you can calculate how many and at what height you should set your desk and monitor.
There is lots of evidence; my favorite study used motion-tracking underwear.
This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops -- "the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse," [researcher Marc] Hamilton says -- leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked.
Standing desk advocate Dr. James Levine has issued a call to action:
Go into cubeland in a tightly controlled corporate environment and you immediately sense that there is a malaise about being tied behind a computer screen seated all day," he said. "The soul of the nation is sapped, and now it's time for the soul of the nation to rise.
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