Lifehacker says standing instead of sitting is like running marathons, and there’s some science to back up the claim…
The BBC and the University of Chester conducted a simple experiment with a small group of ten volunteers. The volunteers were instructed to stand for at least three hours and wore throughout the day an accelerometer (to measure movement), as well as heart rate monitors and glucose monitors. The researchers took measurements on days when the volunteers stood and compared them to days when they sat.
And the results? Well you’ll have to read that at the source.
My own experiment, with a sample size of one? I thought it would take a long time to get used to, based on anecdotal research. But a few weeks into the experiment I now find sitting uncomfortable, and not for lack of trying. Energy levels are way up during the workday (and I know a few folks that are probably thinking “oh shit, it must be sheer chaos around there now”). Organized chaos. Last night after dinner was over, and despite great conversation, all I could think about was getting up and taking a walk around the block.