What’s new is the entry of the medical establishment into the debate on the side of the standers, lending their preference an annoying air of moral superiority. The years the standers gain in longevity, though, are offset by lost pride: Is there a better symbol of corporate obeisance than the standing desk? Set aside writers for a moment, whose work routines are relatively idiosyncratic. Of course the long, stationary workdays of most Americans are unhealthy. The solution should not be to sit less, but to work less.
I’ve been standing for a long time now, but to be honest with you, whenever I read an article about this stuff I cannot finish the article unless I sit down. Talking about sitting reminds me of how good sitting feels, my body aches and pangs for me to sit, so I sit.
And when I finish reading I stand back up, my body feels fine once again, and so I get on with my moral superiority.