Two years ago the New York Times published a roundtable discussion of professional ergonomists along with other experts in the field on whether sitting is really that bad for you. Their answers? A collection of resounding "Yes!" responses.
How to deal with the inevitability of sitting for eight+ hours per day, on the other hand, was not as cut and dried. The thread tying the responses together was the idea that we all need to move more throughout our day. Of course, if you've visited our blog before you won't be surprised to learn that we totally agree.
If you haven't already, check out the article here. Or, if you prefer the CliffsNotes, a couple of highlights are below.
Galen Cranz, UC Berkeley:
...some postures are better than others. The neutral body posture, as NASA calls it, is half way between sitting and standing; it balances our musculature between front and back...Also called the perch position, it requires a higher than currently conventional desk, not a standing desk, but definitely higher than 28 inches.
Jack Dennerlein, Harvard School of Public Health:
Get up and move frequently.
Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Pennington Biomedical Research Center:
The take-home message should be that the more time we spend out of the chair, the healthier we are likely to be.