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Taking a stand on sitting down: one man's experiment

Standing desks are believed to be better for your health (Angus McIntyre/Flikr)
There's a silent killer in the workplace, slowly scraping years off the lives of desk-bound employees, and it's a health threat most of us take sitting down.

Studies show that too much sitting can raise blood pressure, increase blood sugar and damage our hearts.

It might be water cooler talk in your office, leaving some considering stand up desks, walking meetings, maybe even more coffee breaks?

A.J. Jacobs is the author of Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest For Bodily Perfection. He spent a year trying out all sorts of health fads to see what worked best.

His book includes a chapter on the perils of sitting and even jimmied together his own version of a stand-up desk to see if it would improve his health.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with A.J. from his office in New York.
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