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This may be slightly off topic, but for solving #1 a standing desk is a great idea. My energy levels have improved dramatically and I've also lost some weight since I got my standing desk.

If the human body isn't built for sitting 8 hours a day, I'm damn sure its not made for standing 8 hours a day (not mine at least!)

It's not made for being immobile. With a standing desk, I find I move around more.

Agreed. It's not simply a question of standing over sitting; it's about moving.

I have a motorised desk (essentially the GeekDesk v2) and shift two or three times a day from sitting to standing to standing while leaning on a sitting stool (which you can do even if you don't have a robo-desk). Plus I move around frequently (kitchen, bathroom, fetch water, etc) and - don't knock it till you've tried it - have a dartboard for when I'm taking screen breaks.

> kitchen, bathroom, fetch water, etc

& smoke! Anyone dares to admit?

Body isn't build for smoking too.

It's kind of funny that programmers don't want to sit, while waitresses and nurses and such would give anything to not have to stand all day.

I've found that by standing at my desk I walk around MUCH more when I stop to think about a problem. Instead of leaning back in my chair and staring into space, I'll pace around the room and return. It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up very quickly.

Then what is it built for doing 8 hours a day? Running? Swimming?

Ars Technica had an headline that standing desks are not as good as many think, but I didn't read it. Nevertheless, work to live, don't live to work.

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