Kathleen Hale (L), 34, co-founder and CEO of the company Rebel Desk, which sells standing desks and treadmills desks, shows how to use the treadmill and standing desk in Washingon, DC, on May 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/FABIENNE FAUR
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Standing on the job gains favor in U.S. offices as employees seek to be more activeWASHINGTON: Three centuries after Thomas Jefferson found standing up a superior way to work, a growing number of Americans are mulling the dangers of sitting down on the job – and opting to get on their feet.The American Osteopathic Association estimates that 70 percent of office workers spend more than five hours a day seated at their desks.According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the risk of premature death grows 15 percent for those who sit eight hours a day, and 40 percent for those who sit 11 hours a day, compared with those who sit just four hours.The message is starting to get around, with more Americans choosing standing desks – like Jefferson, one of the U.S. founding fathers and third president, prolific architect and well-known tinkerer, who favored standing when doing his tasks.
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