I, like far too many people in this world, sit too much.
Lately, the media has been saying things like “sitting is the new smoking” (yes, people actually did say this, check here). The list of negative health impacts that result from sitting too often is a long one, and you can find it elsewhere, so I won’t get into it too much. However, I do need to ask, if sitting is the new smoking, what does that make naps?
I’m not one to jump onto health fads. It seems they change on a regular basis. However, I will admit that the negative impacts of inactivity are obvious. When you combine this with the fact that my back gets sore and I get headaches occasionally from slouching over a computer, my answer was clear.
I needed to see what this stand up desk stuff was all about. This is how my experiment with a standing desk begins.
I can’t say that the list of great men who use standing desks is a long one, but it certainly includes some notable names – do the names Hemingway, Dickens, and Kierkegaard ring any bells?
I still sit at work – large scale furniture redesign isn’t something I want to explore in the office right now. However, I had a reasonable goal: I wanted to start standing while I used the computer at home. I hoped that this would help me be more productive and feel better. In addition, there is a minor increase in calorie burn when standing versus sitting. This means I would be burning slightly more calories while still living my life in virtually the same way – I like the sounds of this!
This seemed reasonable, but where to start? I didn’t want to go out and buy a desk immediately as I didn’t know if I would like it. Also, I wasn’t sure it would fit in my decor.
So, I needed to find some combination of things that would work as a makeshift substitute for a standing desk, while still letting me maintain the arrangement of the house I had grown to like. Here is what I came up with:
It’s not that pretty to look at, but in combination, the TV table and the coffee table put my laptop at the perfect height for standing use.
So far, I’ve been playing around with the standing desks for about a week. I find that I do move about a lot more than I would while sitting. My back gets less sore and I’m also more productive. I think that I can classify this as a win so far, but this little experiment is definitely not over. If the benefits continue like this though, I’ll definitely be exploring a more permanent desk!