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Ways To Quit Sitting: 8 Unique Desk Options

Sitting at your desk all day can be boring, unproductive, and hazardous to your health. We have some alternatives that might help you "stand" out at work.
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The nature of work is always changing and in the 21st century, few people need to be active while they work -- which has extreme health consequences. Luckily there are several alternatives to slouching over a desk for more than eight hours a day. The latest ergonomic offering making news is Altwork's reclining workstation.

The Altwork Station looks like it's part Barcalounger, part dentist chair. It's designed for people who want a desk that adapts to multiple positions, so they can collaborate, be active while they work, and basically sit any way that feels most comfortable for them. But most people have focused on the reclined positions the workstation offers because, let's face it, the idea of laying down on the job is irresistible.

However, the idea of a reclining desk isn't only about laziness. It is about your health. Hunching over a computer has been proven in studies to affect your productivity and creativity, as well as being an overall health hazard

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If the $5,900 ($3,900, if you pre-order) reclining workstation is not for you, we've gathered several other options for you to consider. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Take a look and tell us which one you are going to demand from your boss. If you're an IT leader, tell us which one seems most practical to deploy to your workforce. We look forward to hearing from you in the comments section below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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11/4/2015 | 12:14:01 PM
Re: Ways To Quit Sitting: 8 Unique Desk Options
Standing desks do seem expensive for how simple they are. I've been wanting to try one out... might have to make a trip to Home Depot for some planks :)

I love the idea of a treadmill desk but also feel like writing and walking would be a challenge. For long calls or reading, though, I'd be all for it.
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David Wagner,
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11/2/2015 | 1:58:51 PM
Re: Hamster wheel of madness
@michelle- I was thinking the advantage of the hamster wheel is that you'd have nothing else to look at to distract you. But I suspect it is noisy. If it was quiet, I'd prefer that to a treadmill.

My concern with a treadmill is that it goes the same speed whether I want to or not. A hamster wheel goes the speed I'm going. So, imagine if I come across something complicated and accidentlly stop walking to concentrate. On a treadmill, I go flying off the back. On a hamster wheel, I just stop. 
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