Sit/stand work stations are gaining popularity as the health risks of sitting become more publicized. Uninterrupted sitting for extended periods of time can be linked to: obesity, diabetes, metabolic disorders, heart disease and premature death. The average office worker spends about six hours a day sitting. Those who have sit/stand work stations have reported that they have more energy and are more productive. However, these stations have to be used correctly or you could simply be shifting one problem for another. Standing for extended periods of time also has health risks. Short term: leg cramps and backaches. Long term: carotid atherosclerosis, chronic back pain, knee/foot problems and varicose veins.

Unfortunately, according to experts, the negative effects of sitting all day cannot be countered by heading to the gym afterward. The answer is incorporating standing, pacing and other forms of activity into your normal day and standing at your desk for part of it is the easiest way of doing so. Sit/stand stations can work if you actually change positions every 30 minutes or so. Most experts recommend splitting your time between sitting and standing. At first, stand for just a few hours scattered throughout the day, while your body becomes used to the strain. Make sure to move around a bit, by shifting your position. Incorporate a footrest if possible. Lastly, ensure that the work station is set at the proper height and distances from the worker. It should provide a neutral position for the body when standing or sitting. See OSHA Standing and Sitting Guidelines: