Around the Wagon: The stand-up desk
This entry was posted on May 3, 2013.
I have dealt with lower back pain for a number of years. I exercise regularly, but the combination of an old injury and genetically having very tight hamstrings causes me to sometimes have a hard time sitting for long periods of time.
A few months back I was watching TV, and they (I believe it was 20/20) were talking about stand-up desks. I am one to be adventurous, so the next morning at work I decided to make my very own stand-up desk. After looking all through the offices and warehouse here at the Wagon, I came across boxes of folded USPS boxes. I stacked them two boxes high at each corner of my desk and, voila, I had myself a stand up desk!
To finish it off I put large garbage bags over the boxes so you couldn't tell that I was using boxes.
Classy, I know.
It has been more than four months and I am still going strong, although I did end up having a stand-up desk built. I no longer had to feel weird when people came into Bikewagon and saw my makeshift masterpiece.
I will not bore you with any physiological benefits of standing, but I do believe that we were not meant to plop down on our butts for hours at a time. Here are the top reasons why you should trade in your desk for one a little bit taller:
- Standing burns more calories than sitting. Beside the countless articles and info online that can be found about the health benefits of working at a stand-up desk, personally I have just felt healthier and more motivated to stick to all of my fitness goals.
- A stand-up desk can be portable. If you want don't want to commit to standing all day, you can have a portable desk that you can put on top of your desk. Then when you would rather be sitting, simply remove it and put things back the way they were.
- Working at a stand-up desk will improve your productivity and mood. At least it has for me; I no longer have the pain in my lower back and the need to interrupt what I am doing to get up out of my chair.
- You will have more energy working at a stand up desk. If you don't believe me, try falling asleep at one. I think this one is closely related to number three.
Don't get me wrong, there are a few negatives, and you might find that you actually hate it. It did take me about a month to get over slight foot pain, so I would suggest a nice comfy pair of shoes or a mat. It's probably a good idea to ease into standing. I am still somewhat of a newbie as I have only been doing the stand-up desk for four months, but I have loved it and don't think that I am ever going back.