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7 odd, natural ways to boost your health

By: Sidney Stevens on March 1, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
man at computer sitting on chair

Photo: Shreyans Bhansali/Flickr

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Standing at work

It’s probably never crossed your mind, but that desk chair you park yourself in every day is a relatively recent invention — something pre-modern humans would probably find absurd. In fact, sitting too much at work or otherwise is now blamed for many current health maladies, including heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Enter the standing desk, which allows you to work on your feet. According to some experts, standing on the job not only counteracts couch-potato illnesses but also alleviates back injuries and pain to boot. (And you don't have to invest in fancy furniture, as the resourceful computer user in this photo proves.)