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My standing desk

September 22, 2014
Standing desk
More and more research has been coming out about sitting, and how bad it is for humans. If you haven’t already heard, I’d recommend reading this article from Time or this article from NPR. Do a simple Google search and you’ll find even more information. What’s scary to me is the notion that even if you exercise regularly, you won’t reverse the damage caused by sitting. Say WHAT???
I recently started a new job, and it was about this time that I began reading just how bad sitting is for you. It got me thinking. I know I don’t exercise enough to justify all my sitting even if it DID cancel out (which we now know it doesn’t) so maybe I should think about working standing up.
I’m fortunate to work in an environment where I’m extremely enabled. So when I decided to create my own standing desk out of boxes, nobody batted an eye! Here’s a picture of my ramshackle desk:

I think one of my favorite parts of standing desks is that you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to have your own. My desk is made from a $10 side table from Target I bought while in college, and a few boxes I rescued from the recycle bin.
One thing I definitely recommend, however, is investing in a good mat. My office floor is tile, and I tried standing without a mat for a few weeks. It wasn’t a very smart idea, to say the least. So I ordered a mat from Imprints, and I am in love! I bought the smaller version and it’s absolutely perfect: squishy enough to give my feet a break, but sturdy enough so I don’t sink too deep and strain my joints.
Overall, I’m super happy with my desk, and honestly with myself. There have been many times when I’ve seen or heard something and thought, wow, that’s a really good idea, I should do that, only to find that I never actually take the steps to do whatever it was that captured my attention. For whatever reason, I was able to take the idea of a standing desk and turn it into a reality. Kind of like what I did with this blog. Maybe I’ve turned a corner in my life…or maybe it’s just a coincidence. Only time will tell!

2 Comments

  • Reply Ann September 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Yay! Looks good. How was the transition from sitting to standing? Does it get easier over time? I'm going to a standing desk next month, but will have a high chair as a backup 🙂

  • Reply Allison September 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    It wasn't too bad. It was tough at first only because I didn't have a standing mat, but it's fine now. I did have a bit of a sore back yesterday night, but that's because I spent 7 hours standing, whereas I usually stand about 5 to 6. But the transition has been good, and I'm expecting that that was just a once-off problem as I get used to standing. I don't wear high heels, and since I have pretty good arch support, I wear flats most of the time with no added support and it's worked for me.

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