You probably feel, from time to time, like your job is killing you. You know, killing your soul, killing your creativity — heck, killing your mojo. But what you maybe didn’t realize is that your 9-to-5 desk jockeying is actually killing you. A growing body of evidence suggests that sitting on your ass for hours a day vastly increases your risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even depression. And, if it’s not kept in check, sitting will shorten your life by years, no matter how often you jog or how hard you lift weights after you leave the office. Basically, when you sit for a long time, your body shuts down at the metabolic level. Your muscles are immobile, which slows your circulation, causing you to use less blood sugar and burn less fat.
Still, a man needs to work to eat. The middle way is standing desks, which allow you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the workday, keeping your body moving, your metabolism up and your mind focused. And while the standing desk revolution seems to have sprung from the geeked-out offices of Silicon Valley startups, great men have used these functional and healthy workspaces for centuries. Ernest Hemingway dashed off great novels from his feet, and so did Vladimir Nabokov. Winston Churchill stood up to Nazi aggression from behind a standing desk. Thomas Jefferson invented one. Even Leonard da Vinci and Michelangelo did some of their best work standing up. Now, as standing desks become more and more mainstream, their looks are improving and functionality is increasing. These five standing desks will help you take control of your work space and your health.