Stand Up!

It seems that Spring, as usual, is sparking creativity, and a number of people are tackling exciting projects. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to hear about them, and while people have traveled to my office to share, they’ve all expressed the same excitement as they entered my office.

“Wow! How do you like your desk?”

It’s a question that I can’t hear, or answer, enough. “I love it. I absolutely love it.”

Stand up desk at work

Love that raises and lowers with the push of a button.

In May of 2011, I wrote a blog post about the scary facts of sitting at work and documented my move to modular elevation (boxes on top of my desk to allow me to stand). I have to admit, I worked with those boxes on my desk for over a year.

In June of 2012, I got my new desk. And it’s fabulous. I stand 97% of the time I’m at my desk, but the ability to lower the desk is more important than I would have imagined for those rare meeting-light days that leave you on your feet for eight hours or the occasional day when you’re not feeling well and don’t have the energy to stand.

But for the most part, my brain and body function better when I’m standing. Plus, I’m an efficiency freak, and standing is far more efficient. I can run to the printer without having to stand first; I can respond to someone coming into my office by simply taking a step over and having them join me looking at the monitor. I’m more mobile, taking seconds off my finish time.

But best of all, it’s fun. It’s just plain fun. I feel like my creative juices, analytical juices, all juices are flowing better when I’m standing. When I’m jumping full-steam into a project and I turn up my music and tune out the rest of the office, I feel like I’m hitting the ground running…errr…standing.

 

Another shot of the stand up desk

Notice the forlorn chair, feet below the desk surface.

Have there been drawbacks? No! None. But I’m not naive enough to believe that there can’t be. For the first few months it was easy to focus on my posture and pay attention to how I stood. It was new. I didn’t have bad habits. That has changed. Now I catch myself standing on one leg or locking my knees or leaning forward. Just like sitting for eight hours, standing for eight hours is forcing our bodies to do something bodies shouldn’t be doing. I can see how bad standing habits could lead to discomfort and new strain patterns in the body. I have chronic hip trouble and sitting exacerbates some of those symptoms. Standing would not be for everyone. Just as sitting aggravates me, standing could aggravate someone else.

But, for me, my mind and body thank me. And I thank the desk. Yes, I love my desk. If it feels right for you, take a stand! You will thank you.

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