Why I Stand While I Work

by on 11/22/10 at 11:50 am

As I’m writing this, I am standing on my two bare feet. Doing so doesn’t affect my writing, but it affects my health. I was once like you. I sat on a chair in front of my computer to work. While sitting down felt comfortable, standing up after long hours of sitting brought me back and shoulder pain. Not only that, but it gave me bad posture. I felt I had to stretch out and realign my spine every time after sitting. That is why I no longer sit while I work.

Instead, I have my computer set on a tall dresser and stand while I work. This jerry-rigged version of a standing desk is probably not the best solution, but it’s a cost-effective one because standing desks are pricey. However, if you can afford a standing desk I highly recommend it. Sitting for long hours in front of our desks is not natural and it’s destroying our health.

I don’t think our ancestors sat for long hours in their cave. They were highly active on foot and ran long distances to hunt for food. As for us, think about the amount of time we spend sitting in a typical workday. When we drive to work we’re sitting. When we’re working we’re sitting. When we’re eating lunch we’re sitting. When we get home we’re sitting. How many hours of sitting is that in a typical workday? Enough to send us to an early grave. Scientific research has shown that those who sit more than they stand run the risk of dying with heart disease.

If you don’t want that to happen to you, find a way where you can stand while you work and sit during breaks. There are a lot of things that are unnatural about the way we live life. It’s time we changed that. Read the articles below to get the full story.


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3 Responses to “Why I Stand While I Work”

  1. John Beckett

    Nov 23rd, 2010

    Anthony, you might want to take a look at doing a treadmill desk. The basic idea is that we were made to move, and so slowly walking while at your desk (about 2 km/h) keeps you more alert and less tiring than standing.

  2. Ida-Maria

    Dec 1st, 2010

    Hi! Nice initiative to tell people to stand up and work instead of sitting all day long! I have also started standing and to spice it up I stand on one of those balance board things.. I don’t know what you call them in english, but they are really nice and they strengthen your muscles in the back!

  3. jyoseph

    Dec 5th, 2010

    Totally agree! I built a treadmill desk for this. I started working from home a few years ago and each year I’ve been putting on weight. Check out the desk here: http://jyoseph.com/treadmill-desk-walk-this-way/

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