Don’t Just Sit There: Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health

Don’t Just Sit There: Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health

Katy Bowman Size: 205 x 140 mm
Black & White Pages: 160
ISBN: 978 1 905367 65 8 Paperback


If sitting is indeed the new smoking, then certainly we should quit. But is sitting really the problem, or is something else going on? Is getting better as simple as kicking over your chair and standing all day in front of the same computer, under the same fluorescent lighting or is there something more to be learned from the data about how people work best?

Don’t Just Sit There explains why swapping one static position for another isn’t taking a big enough look at the problem, and provides corrective exercise and lifestyle solutions to help you safely and effectively transition away from the conventional office set-up allowing you to reap the enormous benefits of moving more throughout the day while getting your work done.

Don’t Just Sit There presents:


  • How conventional office arrangements are capping our level of health and why this can’t be offset with a daily bout of exercise;
  • That sitting and screen-time are two different variables and should be treated as such;
  • Corrective exercises to sit, stand, and move better without leaving your office;
  • How to boost your creativity and energy levels at the office.With clear, science-based explanations, Bowman lays out the issues created by conventional office environments, and describes in detail the steps necessary to transition to a more dynamic set-up safely and effectively.

    With over twenty exercises, this is a must-have for anyone hoping to increase their daily movement and improve their health without sacrificing their productivity.



Katy Bowman

Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. Blending a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes. Her books, the bestselling Move Your DNA, Dynamic Aging, Movement Matters and Diastasis Recti, Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief, Don’t Just Sit There, Whole Body Barefoot, Alignment Matters, and Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief, have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. Passionate about human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to support the larger reintegration of movement into human lives by providing movement courses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profits promoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teach Nutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and children.

1 review for Don’t Just Sit There: Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health

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    Katy Bowman’s previous publication, “Move Your DNA” absolutely fascinated me. The whole concept was pretty mind-blowing, and I am starting to put what I’ve learnt into practice. So it was with great intrigue that I read Don’t Just Sit There, a book dedicated to “transitioning to a standing and dynamic workstation for whole-body health”.

    On the cover, that’s what it looks like you are getting, but the reality is there is much more content contained within. I learnt that standing all day is not really any better for you than sitting all day, we’re designed to move! I’ve been reminded of how to both sit and stand well, something that prior to reading I hadn’t given much thought to for years! There are also some small exercises intended for performing at your desk, as well as some for practising regularly in an office environment.

    Being a yogi who practises 3-4 times a week, I realise just how much your body can change from small movements performed regularly. Whilst it may seem strange to take time out from your day-to-day work to perform small movements, it certainly makes a difference. I’ve noticed that my calves have loosened. I believe I messed my calves up through years of wearing heels and sitting at a desk (both at school and then work) and one diagram in Katy Bowman’s book sums this up perfectly; “ladies, your high heeled shoes cast your ankle at a toe point, which has a shortening effect on your calves but when this is coupled with a seated position which casts your knee at 90 degrees, your calves are shortened even further!” I now only wear high heels on special occasions (and often even then I don’t bother!), but will wear the occasional low heel or wedge to work.

    Have I transitioned to a dynamic workstation? Not yet. I am currently scouting out the best apparatus for me to buy/create this kind of work environment. I’d ideally like to create the same setup for my staff as well, and as the official devices are on the pricey side, I’m trying to get creative with my DIY skills!

    Am I more conscious of my movements in the office? Yes most definitely. I now make a marked effort to get up and walk around every 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I position my laptop on a unit and stand so as to vary my position in the office, and when talking on the phone I’ve taken to standing up. It’s amazing how much more assertive and powerful you feel when standing up! It also helps to get the blood flowing, which oxygenates and delivers nutrients to your brain and can help you to feel sharper!

    This book contains useful information for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time at a desk, is health conscious and wants to improve their posture and overall wellbeing. There’s only so much that exercise can do, and if you’re putting all your energy into your workouts, you should complement your efforts by being more aware of your body and alignment in your workplace.

    Rebecca Goodyear
    Chief Blogger