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Standing room only

Recent articles in the New York Times and Forbes reveal the results of studies on the benefits of being on your feet as opposed to sitting at a desk, especially for older people.

As woodworkers, we are in a line of work that has traditionally involved a lot of standing. But the way many modern shops operate, there’s more sitting at a desk than being on the shop floor (I mean, of course, standing on the shop floor, not lying on it, which would not be a good thing at all!).

Standing, it turns out, is good for you although I wonder why it takes a scientific study to indicate something so inherently obvious. And standing is especially good for older people who are much more inclined (no pun intended) to sit if they are still working or lying down if they are not.

Another entry in my "reasons not to retire" list.


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