Have you tried working on a standing desk? I’m sure you’ve heard about the idea. The chances are that if you haven’t tried it, you’ve or talked to someone who uses one. At the very least, you should have seen pictures or read about the concept. The reason why standing desks are so popular is that sitting at a desk for hours isn’t good for the body.
We were designed to walk and stand most of our waking hours. Sitting for long periods of time day in and day out is one of the causes of back and neck pain, bad posture, and even part of what’s causing the obesity epidemic. What if you could start to feel better, get more productive, and maybe even lose a few extra pounds by working from a standing desk? Wouldn’t that be something worth trying?
If you’re ready to give it a go, don’t head to the store just yet. There are plenty of things you can use to create a standing desk at home or in the office. If you have a laptop, it may be as simple as walking over to the kitchen counter or the file cabinet. Look around and see if you have a counter or cabinet around you that’s the right height. If not, start with your desk and add some height to it for the times when you want to use it as standing desk.
Turning your regular desk into a standing desk is as easy as adding a box or a couple of large books to give you an elevated working surface. The idea works both with a laptop and with your desktop computer. For the desktop, simply move the keyboard and screen high enough so that it’s comfortable to work standing up.
If you find that you enjoy working from a standing desk, consider buying a dedicated standing desk, or a modular one that you can raise and lower depending on whether you’re working sitting down or standing up. You can find plenty of models online and in furniture stores including fairly inexpensive ones at Ikea.
You don’t have to be spending all day at a standing desk to benefit from it. Even a few hours here and there, as the tasks permit, done standing is a good habit. Give it a try and see what works for you. Start slowly working 30 minutes to an hour while standing, then moving back to sitting at your desk for a little while. After some trial and error, you may find that you can take care of emails and social media just fine while standing up, but are much more productive when it comes to writing or putting together a detailed proposal when you’re sitting down. Find what works for you but cut back on the time you spend sitting down by using a standing desk. Let me close this off by saying this: If a standing desk isn’t an option you want, at the very least choose an ergonomic office chair!