What is “electrical activity” in the legs, and why do we need it?

  One of the health problems identified with long-term sitting is decrease of electrical activity in the legs. But what is electrical activity, and why would you want it in your legs anyway? Electrical activity is a way of measuring nerve and muscle activity. When you sit, that electrical activity in your legs and butt turns off. That's not a good thing. In addition, calorie burning drops to a measly 1 per minute, and the enzymes that break down fat drop 90 percent (really not Continue Reading

Are standing desks a solution to the sitting problem?

When you hear about the scary health problems associated with sitting, the solution most people come up with is obvious: get a standing desk. But Time Magazine did an interesting article, "The Dangers of Sitting at Work--and Standing"; the conclusion of the ergonomics experts interviewed for the story is that standing all day only causes a different set of health problems. (Ask anyone who works on their feet, like restaurant servers, and they'll tell you it's no picnic.) Alan Hedge, director Continue Reading