My coworkers have asked for bean bags, couches, and foosball tables. Fun stuff, right? What have I asked for? Standing desks. I really want a standing desk in order to work standing up!
photo via new york times
I try to stand as much as I can at the office now though it’s hard without the proper setup. I will sometimes use boxes or whatever I can find for a temporary standing desk currently, but I dream of having a real adjustable standing desk or a shared standing workspace option.
Sitting for so many hours every day is boring, makes me tired, hurts my body, and is a possible killer. Uh oh.
I’ve been to a chiropractor who talked about my messed up spine and then told me not to sit so much especially in the slouchy way I normally do. I try to get up every hour for water or a break but it’s not the same as if I could stand and work for at least part of the day. I sit entirely too much right now.
That’s why it’s part of my mission to figure out a standing desk solution/get standing desk workspaces for our office. The benefits I’ve read about so far are great: better productivity, less health care costs, burns more calories, etc. It seems like a great idea, in theory.
I’ve looked at a few alternative desk ideas that I’m interested in. All of these look like they would give me the benefit of being able to stand or walk or exercise while I’m still able to work. That would be ideal since I’m chained to a computer 8+ hours a day!
Standing Desk Options
Also useful if you plan on standing for multiple hours at a time is anti-fatigue comfort mat. Good options (based on positive reviews) for this via Amazon:
- NewLife by GelPro 20 by 32-Inch Pebble Designer Comfort Mat
- Imprint Comfort Mat Nantucket Series
- Genuine Joe Anti-Fatigue Mat, Beveled Edge
More Standing Desk Information
Further standing desk reading, if you are interested in creating your own standing desk or the benefits of doing so:
- A Healthier Way To Work: Stand Up Desks – Forbes
- Can’t Stand to Sit Too Long? There’s A Desk For That – NYTimes
- Stand Up At Office To Lose Weight – BBC
- Why and How I Switched to a Standing Desk – LifeHacker
- LifeHacker Challenge Create A Standing Desk In Your Cubicle – LifeHacker
- Standing Desk Solutions – Ergonomics Fix
Do you have a standing desk? Would you use one?
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