Gov Burgum: I Might Use a Standing Desk

A demonstration of the standing desk.

Big development out of Bismarck today: Governor Doug Burgum indicates he may use a standing desk to accomplish his duties.

A chair just doesn’t cut it for the cutting-edge Gov. By the way, standing desks are a fad. Via NPR:

“What we actually found is that most of it is, very much, just fashionable and not proven good for your health,” says Dr. Jos Verbeek, a health researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. …

In fact, there isn’t really any evidence that standing is better than sitting, Verbeek adds. The extra calories you burn from standing over sitting for a day are barely enough to cover a couple of banana chips.

“The idea you should be standing four hours a day? There’s no real evidence for that,” he says. “I would say that there’s evidence that standing can be bad for your health.” A 2005 study in Denmark showed prolonged standing at work led to a higher hospitalization risk for enlarged veins.

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