The Stand-Up Lifestyle Slideshow

The Stand-Up Lifestyle Slideshow

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On your next vacation, take a break from lounging on the beach to try stand up paddle boarding. This sport is a hit from Key West to Los Angeles, and a relaxing way to get on your feet.

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Standing and treadmill desks are a rising trend and great way to take a break from your desk chair. The designs are becoming more and more popular, and now many companies—such as Microsoft and Google—offer their employees standing and treadmill desk options.

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Not only will you be a good Samaritan, you'll also cut minutes off your time in the chair.

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If you spend your whole day at a desk, consider full-body workouts that use different body positions. Instead of the stationary bike or a weight circuit that involves lots of sitting, try TRX, kickboxing classes or swimming.

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When you get home from work, it's tempting to plop down on the couch. Instead, team up with a buddy to cook an amazing dinner. The more elaborate the meal, the more time you'll spend standing to prepare it (and the more fun you'll have eating it).

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You can do a lot better than dinner and a movie. Why not learn the salsa, wander a botanical garden, play laser tag or go hiking? Change it up for more fun and more activity.

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Is the conference room really the best place for creativity? To get the creative juices and your heart going, throw around ideas while walking around the block or a nearby park. If you have to stay in the office, opt for a standing session.

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Instead of finding your seat immediately at a dinner party, check to see if there's anything you can do to help the host. Grating cheese, chopping vegetables or serving wine to the other guests gives you a great excuse to stay on your feet. You can also encourage guests to mill around and socialize. This way, they'll meet more people than just those beside them at dinner.

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While pajamas, a couch, red wine and Gene Kelly movies may be part of sacred female bonding rituals, consider making one meet-up each week an exercise- or standing-based activity. On Saturday, meet up for a run in the park or go window shopping.

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On your next night out with friends, your significant other or office buddies, grab a drink at the bar and stay awhile. While those with tired legs can pull up a chair, those who wish to can stand and socialize.

The Stand-Up Lifestyle Slideshow