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Sedentary office workers try standing desks

Sedentary office workers try standing desks

At Groupon's Chicago office, it's easy to look up to Joel Hadley. During most of his eight-hour-plus workday, Hadley stands at his desk, his head more than a foot above seated colleagues.

Hadley says standing makes him feel alert, focused and energized. He also has less back and neck pain than when he used a chair. But it's not necessarily the standing that makes Hadley feel better. Instead, the trick might be that the 29-year-old sales analyst rarely sits down.

Thirty minutes of exercise a day used to be considered protection against the damaging effects of a desk job. Studies now show that even for those who work out during the day, prolonged sitting can increase...