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USQ safety manager Michael Flannery chooses standing over sitting, even in the workplace.
USQ safety manager Michael Flannery chooses standing over sitting, even in the workplace. Nev Madsen

DON'T be offended if you offer Michael Flannery a seat and he turns you down.

The University of Southern Queensland safety manager subscribes to the school of thought that believes sitting is killing us.

When given the chance, Mr Flannery would stand rather than sit, and that includes in the workplace.

"Sitting is the worst thing you can do," he said.

"I try not to sit if I can avoid it."

Mr Flannery came across research indicating the benefits of standing over sitting after participating in a corporate challenge 18 months ago.

The challenge encouraged participants to increase their steps during the day.

Mr Flannery found he took more steps when he was standing at his desk.

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He has a mechanical "sit stand desk" in his office which allows him, as a tall man, to stand while working on his computer.

He also utilises a bluetooth device to voice-control his computer.

"When I have meetings in the office they are more efficient and go quicker," he said.

"When people first come in, it can be a bit awkward, but I give them a place to put their things on the desk, and we get on with it.

"When I go to (larger) meetings, everyone is seated except for myself and a couple of other people who all stand up."

Initially, Mr Flannery said it took him two to three weeks to adjust to standing in the office.

"Ten or 15 years ago there was a bit of a push, but there were only standing desks at that time," he said.

"But now with a sit stand desk you can adjust the height until you build up a tolerance."

Mr Flannery extends his standing policy to the home.

Since making the decision, Mr Flannery has noticed an improvement in back pain and some repetitive strain injuries have been eliminated.

"Over seven-and-a-half-hours in a work day, studies have shown people burnt more calories and took more steps then when they were seated."

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