If you work in the finance or IT sector I am sure you are faced with long hours sitting in front of a computer. On average I probably spend 12 -14 hours a day sitting in front of a computer. Spending this much time being sedentary is not conducive to good health. The concept of the standing desk or workstation is nothing new. For the past couple of years I have been meaning to try out the standing workstation/desk. Finally on the weekend I got around to setting up my Ghetto Style Standing Workstation/Desk. You can see a few images below, essentially I just grabbed a few things I found laying around and put them on top of my current desk to get the right height.
Items Used for My Standing Desk/Workstation
- 6 Large books (Preferably ones that you will not be referring to often).
- 2 black file holders.
- 1 piece of laminated MDF (from the shed).
- 1 small bookshelf (needed to be strong to support the weight of iMac 27′).
As you can see in the image above it is a very crude setup however it works surprisingly well. I am currently typing this blog post while standing. Already I have found myself moving around more and stretching more often. I am about four hours into this experiment and can definitely see myself working like this in the future.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a relationship between sitting time and morbidity. Really some of the research is quite scary and if working at a standing desk can give me a few more years of life I am all for it. If your work or university has journal access I would highly recommend reading the article: Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk in 222,497 Australian Adults
More Links on Standing Desks/Workstations
I will keep you updated on my progress with my standing desk, if this experiment goes well I might invest in a standing desk.
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