Two years ago, I bought an ergonomic desk chair that made a big difference in how I felt at the end of the day. Until then, I had sat on a folding chair and I had constant pain under my shoulder blades. The new chair forced me to sit up straight, and my back pain disappeared.
Recently, I noticed that my back was hurting again. I had gotten into the habit of crossing one leg over the other and leaning forward while I worked. Even a good ergonomic chair isn’t effective when you don’t sit correctly in it.
A little over a week ago, I decided I needed to stand to work that day because my back and hips were aching. I looked around the house for something to elevate my laptop. As you can see in the picture above, I settled on an upside-down laundry basket to create my standing desk. It puts my laptop at the perfect height. I had a very productive day and didn’t mind standing at all.
The next day I tried it again. My back was feeling better, but I realized that standing on the hardwood floor all day could cause other problems. If I wanted to continue standing at my desk, I needed to make a small investment. I ordered an anti-fatigue mat and with that I made the commitment to working at a standing desk. Here’s why I love it.
- My back and hips feel so much better.
- I find I’m able to focus for longer periods of time. I’m not as uncomfortable so shifting around in my chair or thinking about my back and hips doesn’t distract me. I used to get up and walk around the house several times a day when I was sitting (and often found myself in the kitchen). Now that I’m standing, I don’t feel the need to do that.
- I feel like I’m burning more calories while standing. I probably am, but not as many as I think I am. Still, it’s motivating.
- Sitting all day can increase the possibility of developing heart issues, obesity and type 2 diabetes. I have been actively taking measures to improve my health lately, and the standing desk is one more measure I’m taking.
I’m not the only one at MNN who uses a standing desk. I work remotely from my home in New Jersey, but at the home offices in Atlanta, standing desks have caused a mini-revolution.
Eventually, I would like to create a DIY treadmill desk, but for now, I’m happy because my back and hips are happy.
Do you have a standing desk? What do you like about it?
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