Despite the presence of ample stools and the constant nagging by my old boss that I need to sit down, I still choose to stand-up at the bench. I know I'll pay for it in the future with lovely spider veins, but I just can't seem to keep my butt in a chair.
I've tried to force myself to sit down in the past, but I find it inconvenient. Just when I get situated, I need to get up and get a solution from the other end of my bench, or get a reagent or enzyme from the fridge or freezer. By the time I get back to my bench I forget to sit back down and end up standing again. Whenever I do get the opportunity to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time, for example when I'm setting up a trillion reactions or maybe colony PCRs, I find myself only remembering that sitting was an option as I'm finishing my task.
What seems odd to me is that, at least in my experience, standing all day is not the norm. The vast majority of my lab mates sit at the bench. I don't know if they are better organized and don't need to get up several times a day, or if they are just more tolerant of getting up and down.
The reason I bring this up is because my knees are starting to feel sore in the evening. Part of this is due to the fact that I am running longer distances. If I want to keep running, which I do, I think I need to compensate by utilizing my stool.
So far, it's not going to well. A co-worker apologized to me today for taking my stool and keeping it for over a week. I did not even know it was even gone.