Anyone who sits at a desk all day knows: Sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. We don’t need studies to tell us that sitting for eight to ten hours makes us feel sluggish, tight, and even overweight. But studies do confirm: sitting for six hours or more increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. And researchers say that even if you’re a slave to the gym in your time off, the health benefits are undone if you spend the rest of your day seated. If that wasn’t depressing enough, it gets worse: Research shows that standing desks, a popular compromise for people who have to spend hours in an office but want to get off their butts, aren’t necessarily any better: Standing all day can be bad for circulation, and your posture may be just as bad as it was in a chair if you’re staring down your compute screen all day.
Our solution? If you’re not happy with your day job (or you’re beginning to feel the effects of your desk): quit! There are plenty of jobs that don’t require sitting at a desk, so we found eight that might help you lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity just be getting you up and out of an office. Check out the pros and cons of our desk-exit strategies: