Stand Up For Your Health

If your job requires sitting at a desk most of the day, you probably know how hard it can be on your body, especially your back. A quick Google search will tell you all the horrible things sitting for 8+ hours a day can do to your overall health.  As a species, we originally evolved to hunt and gather, walking long distances in search of food or standing at the ready to spear our dinner. But as the information age has developed, we rely more on our brains than our braun, thus requiring hours upon hours seated at a desk. And it’s slowly killing us (well, our backs at least).

I love my job; I love meeting clients, working on new projects, I even like checking my email.  And I love my high res Mac. But even the most comfortable office chair has left something to be desired, and now I find myself, after 20 years of sitting, looking for an alternative way to work. Ideally, I want something that not only can keep my muscles, posture, and joints from deteriorating, but could actually IMPROVE my health. I’m leaning towards building a Treadmill Desk in 2013 as a way to stay active even while I work.

Photo credit: treadmill-desk.com

If you also realize the benefits of standing while at work, a good low budget option for you might be our Project Manager Trae Regan’s homemade stand up desk.  He wrote about it on his blog, and it’s a cheap way to change your working lifestyle.  His shelf-mounted-to-the-wall technique will certainly work for those of us who work from a home office, but if you live in the corporate world, your boss might not be on board.  There are some alternatives out there, though.

A good friend of mine has been doing some research on motorized stand up desks.  These are great because you can set the height and adjust it day by day, if you wish. Versatables has a wide variety at different price ranges. There are also some great hand adjustable desks and tables at MultiTable. Talk to your boss, maybe you could start an office revolution!

So, would you consider a stand up desk? Do you have any more ideas for people who want to stand or move while they work?  Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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