, Salem, MA


March 13, 2013

On your feet!

Employees who stand while working say they have more energy


“The key ingredient is you need to be looking straight at the screen,” Anderson said, “and your arms need to be like this, sort of at a 90-degree angle.” She got the advice from her chiropractor, and she hasn’t been back since.

Gordon officials point to the Harvard Business Review blog and an article called “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation,” in which author Nilofer Merchant laments how much sitting we do.

Merchant reported that most people sit for 9.3 hours a day, compared with 7.7 hours of sleeping. Studies, she said, show certain metabolic effects from inactivity, plus increased risks for heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. Merchant came up with the idea of holding hiking meetings.

“One hundred percent, standing is better than sitting,” said Dr. Scott Kline, a Peabody chiropractor, who works for much of the day standing or kneeling on a mat as he adjusts patients.

Standing, Kline says, helps with circulation and can prevent muscle weakness in the legs and hips. Sitting, meanwhile, compresses the vertebrae in the back. Sitting also shortens your hip flexors, which can have an impact on the lower back, causing inflammation and pain. Sitting for long periods can compress your legs, causing a temporary nerve-tingling sensation — in other words, your legs can fall asleep.

Kline does not advise patients to stand at work; instead, he advises them to take standing breaks and change positions frequently.

If you do stand at work, he says, you should not stand on a hard, concrete surface without a mat to cushion the floor.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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