Healthiest Desks, Worst to Best

Because standing is the new sitting, and sitting is the new dying
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Hemingway placed his typewriter atop a bookcase. He took his own life at age 62.                

Healthy people at the Republican National Convention are trying out treadmill desks at a Google kiosk, and it's being well documented on tumblr. The life of one with a treadmill desk, though; is it life or living death? Don't feel guilty for sitting while you work. Guilt will only compound the dangers of sitting. If you must know, the definitive hierarchy is:

18. Sitting desk, w. chair

17. Sitting desk, w. yoga ball

16. Sitting desk, w. recumbent stationary bicycle

15. Standing at a sitting desk, chair on desk, computer on chair

14. Standing desk

13. Standing desk, standing on yoga ball(s)

12. Standing treadmill desk

11. Walking desk

10. Running desk

09. Running desk, w. yoga ball

08. Swimming desk

07. Swimming desk, w. partner

06. Swimming love desk, w. partner

05. CrossFit desk

04. Anti-desk

03. Gluten-free anti-desk

02. Sentient gluten-free anti-desk

01. Sentient gluten-free anti-desk, w. love partner, standing

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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