It's hardly news these days to point out that sitting down all day is bad for you (in fact I wrote about standing desks back in 2011).
The latest scary article to hit my reading list is the recent Wall Street Journal article on the subject. It turns out now that sitting for more than three hours a day
"can shave a person's life expectancy by two years..."
Most lawyers (and other desk bound professions) probably fall squarely within this danger zone.
Discounting standing desks as impracticable for most lawyers, the advice is to stand as much as possible (on phone calls or when dictating) as well as speaking to people rather than emailing them... which is probably a good idea for lots of reasons.
There is another thing I would add to the list though:- use a tablet.
When consuming content on a tablet (otherwise known as reading your emails and stuff) it is just as easy to stand up, walk around or lean against the filing cabinet in the corner of the office as it is to sit in a desk chair.
Microsoft recognised this in their post on the new Office touch interface I linked in my last post.
If you can use your iPad or your Surface (or whatever) to pick up your email whilst striding around the office then presumably you boost your chances of sitting for less than the magic three hours a day?
So is this the latest negotiating tool to persuade the partners that you need the latest tablet...
"It's a health and safety issue!"
I'm surprised none of the tablet manfacturers have picked up on this yet, but I guess even Apple's marketing team might baulk at claiming that the iPad helps you to live longer.