I love Pringles. And Cheetos. And my children’s leftover Halloween Candy. I should have thrown that out, but I did a half-healthy thing instead--took it away from them--but I brought it up to my office. Now the team and I are riding the waves of sugar-highs and lows, with a new fix waiting in the form of Starbursts, Laffy Taffy, Whoppers and Sixlets. So I’ve saved my children from this sugary mix, but my office co-workers and I are taking a sugar hit. When the candy is gone, I won’t buy any more for the office.
I’ve been thinking about my friend who is a Dean at an Ivy League school not far from here. She jogs and swims, and eats healthy. But she recently bought a height-adjustable sit-stand desk. It was expensive, but her employer bought it for her, and she wanted the proven health benefits of standing at work, the option to sit or stand, plus she’s had less back pain since she started using it.
The thing is, I have a desktop standing desk that stays in a standing position. I also have a chair at one end of my desk, where I take sitting breaks. But my laptop and monitor and keyboard are all on the standing desk, and it’s a real pain to take it all apart, just to sit down for a bit. So in general, I find myself standing a lot. And that’s sort of the goal. Because sitting disease only happens when you’re sitting down.
This is so much like Pringles and candy. If they are around me, I find myself eating them. And with a sit-stand desk, I worry that I would crank that puppy down and keep it in the sitting position. It would be nice and maybe even a secret holier-than-thou thought, knowing I can stand at work, and living that dream. But I wouldn’t stand as much. My cousin has a sit-stand desk, and he’s kept it in the sitting position. It’s just what happens. It’s like that elliptical in your basement. It’s so nice to have it there, and the possibility of working out is right at your fingertips. But we don’t do it, do we?
Sometimes we have to force ourselves into healthy habits. We can do this by not buying the candy and chips while we are at the grocery store. We can also do this by buying a desktop standing desk that stays in the standing position, and that you have to remove to sit down. These hurdles can launch us into the healthy habit we want to be in place in our lives. Plus they cost less and you don’t need your employer to buy it.
I was inspired by the comment to the article quoted below. Let us know your thoughts.
- Ellen O’Hearn
comment on Core 77 article:
I am always intrigued by the moving desk paradigm. Having recently moved to Sweden I have observed the height adjustable desk as an office standard and having used a standing desk throughout college I find the use of the motorized desks and quite wasteful. Here's the rub: First, the motorized desk needs to be plugged in. Not the worst offense but I put this practicality up there with automatic windows and power seats. Second, these desks have corresponding pneumatic height adjustable chairs. See where this is going? Third, all cords and tethers must be capable of moving up and down without being pulled off of the desk. Fourth, Having a desk that moves up and down eliminates precious storage under desk space. Finally, I have never seen (it may exist but I haven't seen it yet) an equal chair for the visitor, underling, victim, person with whom the desk holder has an appointment , or whatever you call the person interacting with said desk holder.
In short, why reinvent the wheel? This is a lesson that anyone that has taken chemistry has already learned- if you want a standing desk, get a tall desk. If you want to sit at that desk get a stool. Want a fancy upgrade? Get a height adjustable chair for a standing desk and spend you budget finances on more sensible products. Like Post-its.
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Back pain is very common and can be aggravated by actions at the office. Prevent back pain and find good posture with these simple steps.
STANDING POSTURE. If you work at a standing desk, stand with feet hip width apart and tuck your pelvis slightly. Relax your shoulders, and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Pro-Tip: It’s so important to stand on an anti-fatigue mat.
Here’s the thing – I’ve been out of college and sitting in my office cubicle for 2 years and then I took the leap of faith to transition to a sit/stand desk. I read somewhere on some blog on some fitness site that even if I work out – it still would not take away the harmful effects of sitting on my behind all day