Kinesiology experts debate the benefits of standing desks

Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin — what do these highly successful figures have in common? They all used standing desks.

Active workstations have become a trend in offices to combat sedentary workplace routines. Periods of sitting or reclining for 30 continuous minutes is widely accepted as an independent risk factor for weight gain, obesity, metabolic disease, diabetes, some cancers and premature mortality.

Kinesiology lecturer Juliana Marino and Adam Lavis, a clinical exercise physiologist who runs UNC Charlotte’s kinesiology labs, collaborated to provide expert insight into the standing desk conversation.

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