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I am a second year Master's student in Human Computer Interaction at Stanford University. My focus is on online-offline interaction, behavior change, and ways to redefine physical, social and linguistic barriers.
Anne - in a 2011 study conducted by HealthPartners in conjunction with Ergotron in which they recorded results over seven weeks with a group using WorkFit sit-to-stand workstations – 87% of participants felt more energised after just an extra hour of standing daily. 87% also experienced increased comfort while 75% felt healthier overall and 50% felt a reduction in upper back, neck and shoulder pain. Experiencing a great boost to their concentration also, 71% felt more focused and 66% more productive. Taken with a grain of salt, perhaps (Ergotron makes ergonomic workspaces) but still interesting.
Hi Amy - that's such a provocative title (I don't know if the shock approach works all the time)! I think the trick is to start small - what's interesting is that the people I've talked to who have opted to stand rarely decide standing is not for them. I'd be curious as to how things are working for you!