- sitting switches off the circulation of lipase, a fat-absorbing enzyme, but standing triggers it (hurray!)
- standing improves circulation throughout the body, including the brain, improving concentration and clear thinking (helping you spot that italic comma!)
- we move more when we stand. This stops the joints and muscles from getting stiff, and engages all those core muscles you don’t think about. This movement burns more calories.(double hurray!) but does not therefore give you permission to eat more chocolate (boo!)
Some people are positively evangelical about standing desks. There's no doubt that they can be considered ’a good thing’ based on the above points and the mere fact that, by standing, you are not sitting. However, approach with caution. This very honest blog details one man’s efforts to get along with his standing desk (although I'm not so keen on his sitting posture further down his page). For a more recent (and light-hearted) report of one man's attempt at standing at work, see Stuart Heritage's article in The Guardian. To be fair, I don't think he really gave it a chance!