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You’re Using Your Standing Desk Wrong

Hint: You're sitting too much

Everyone's heard the new mantra: Office life can be hazardous. Staring at a screen all day ruins your eyes. Poor air quality deprives your brains of energy. Worst of all, sitting is the new smoking. 

In an attempt be healthier and more productive in our cubicles, workers and workplaces have hacked the office to encourage better patterns of behavior. There's no more popular hack than the standing desk. But does it live up to the hype?

Rebecca and Francesca seek answers from Mark Benden, director of the ergonomics center at Texas A&M, whose research has found that we're using standing desks wrong. With his help, we learn how to get the most out of standing (and sitting) at work.

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Each week, Game Plan hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy take a close look at the way we live our lives at work—our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.


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