8 Alternatives to Sitting at Your Desk

Here are eight ways to adopt a better position for your body.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #271

A couple years ago, at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I presented a poster entitled Biohacking the Hazards of Sitting. As you can see in this video, I actually thought I was being quite witty to present a poster on the dangers of sitting while sitting with poor posture in a folding chair.

It’s actually been over five years since I’ve adopted the habit of frequently alternating positions throughout my work day, a strategy I highlight in detail my video How Should You Stand At a Standing Desk? and also in my podcast Standing Desks, Memory Foam, and the Science of Walking Barefoot in Shoes. My office is actually like a tiny playground, littered with kettlebells, a pull-up bar, a boxing heavy bag, this treadmill workstation, and a variety of standing surfaces, including my latest foot acupressure therapy invention, a Bulletproof Sleep Induction mat wrapped around a Kybounder mat.

It’s for the reasons I outline in the Get-Fit Guy episode, 7 Ways To Stand More, that I  choose to alternate between so many different positions during the day, rather than just standing, which can get tiring and even put undue stress on the feet, ankles, hips and back if it’s your only position during the day. In today’s episode, without a particular order of importance, I’m going to give you the EIGHT most popular positions I adopt during a typical day of work.

1.  Lunge

I’ll often fold up a towel or use a foam mat and simply lunge at a table or desk with one leg forward and one leg back. This is a great stretch for the hip flexor, and a position you can easily type or talk in. Rather than sitting, I also will often use this position during meetings that take place around a table.

2.  Walk

Many folks think walking during work requires a treadmill in front of a standup desk. But you can pace while on the phone, walk outside while dictating notes or articles to yourself on a portable recorder, or walk on a treadmill while reading or catching up on conference calls that have been recorded. Be creative!


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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.