The Switch to a Stand-Up Desk

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Do you find yourself calling in sick for work often? Or maybe you're unhappy while you're there? 

 
A recent study suggests that the #1 way to stay happy and healthy at work is to stand up and stretch regularly. Therefore, I took their advice. 

Switching to a Stand-Up Desk

Adjustable standing desks are rising in popularity for those of us working in environments that require all-day communication face-to-face with computers and documents on our desks. These environments cause us to lean forward-- all because we are fatigued from sitting all day in a chair. 

I recently took my computer desk and raised it 17 inches from its normal height, allowing me to stand up rather than sit in a chair during my work day.

It is has significantly changed the way I complete tasks throughout the day. I have (rather surprisingly) found it to be very comfortable. My wife will tell you that for years, whenever I am on the phone, I never sit down. I pace about the room, as it helps me to think while I speak.

I have found many positive advantages to setting up my desk in this way. 

Better energy. I find myself with greater energy and interest to perform tasks and complete goals by standing at my desk rather than sitting down.

Minimized "slump." The typical "slump" associated with spending time on the computer is significantly decreased.

Better posture. By standing, I am more aware of my posture than I am when I am sitting down.


Higher animation and engagement. During phone conversations, I find my voice to come across more animated and interesting because I am speaking in a way that increases my natural way of speaking.

Increase in kinesthetic learning. My learning style is kinesthetic, and this desk allows me to move about the room while I am typing or reading to increase my capacity to learn, retain, and organize the information I am engaging with. 
  
With that in mind, I'd take my stand-up desk over a regular desk any day-- and I would encourage you to do the same. 

For anyone who is curious about how I made this stand up desk it was a simple DIY project.

I happen to live close to the Hayworth company outlet store and I found they were having a sale. So I picked up the stand brand new in a box with the adjustable crank for a total of $36 I am still pinching myself. I also picked up the top at the same time, it's a simple top with nothing really interesting about it but it works well and it was only $5. So for $41 I have a great stand-up desk.

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4 comments:

  1. I couldn't go back to a sit-down desk! I stand most of the day. If you're curious, I blogged about making my standing desk.

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  2. Chad, Your Desk is a lot cooler then mine, My old monitor was able to raise itself up higher but now I need to get a riser like yours.

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  3. Seth, where did you get your desk base and topper from? Please share

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