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To Sit or Not to Sit: That Is the Question (At Work, Anyway)

(Above: Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she serves as a web producer for News 88.7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) There’s a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. […]

Houston Public Media's Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she produces the "Classical Classroom" podcast and serves as a web producer for News 88.7. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)(Above: Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she serves as a web producer for News 88.7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

There’s a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. There’s ample evidence that a sedentary lifestyle increases some health risks.

On the other hand, research released last year (2016) from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health says there’s actually very little proof that standing at your work space is better than sitting.

To try and get some real answers from a medical professional, Maggie Martin talked last fall (Aug. 23, 2016) with Dr. Joshua Harris, an orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy and has tried the practice himself.

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