As I write these words I am proudly standing at my new workstation. Having spent the last 2 months literally 10 hours on my butt every day, I got sick and tired of being enslaved to my fancy chair. I had planned to construct a standing desk a few weeks ago but hadn’t had a chance so far.
Today by pure coincidence, I discovered that the same desk I have been sitting at for more than two years is adjustable in height. Immediately, I ramped it up to maximum height and got started by piling up books beneath my monitor to achieve my desired height. The end result is pretty neat considering I didn’t spend a penny. My initial plan was to build a standing desk following the IKEA recipe as seen HERE.
Why bother with a Standing Desk?
There is a number of reasons that are responsible for me to abandon my regular seated position when doing daytime work at the computer:
1) From January this year I have had an unpleasant tension in my right shoulder that I hope to fix by adopting the standing position.
2) Human beings are not biologically designed to spend a better part of the day in a hunched over position. Standing is probably not optimal (walking appears to be most beneficial) but it’s definitely a huge leap forward when compared to passive sitting.
3) I want to spend less time at the computer by working more efficiently – less mindless browsing = less time wasted! When sitting in a comfy chair we tend to stay in it for much longer than is healthy. When standing, the strain in my legs will pretty quickly remind you to close the stupid Youtube video I had been watching and start working on what’s important for the day.
4) As we head into summer season I want to spend more time outside. My computer can be a big obstacle to that and sitting is definitely a bad influence on me. I want to get my computer work done and get the hell outside.
5) In the evening, I will be more tired due to the standing up for hours. I have been going to bed rather late recently (~12AM). Time for a change (i.e. 11 PM latest). Being more tired will hopefully be useful for getting to bed earlier.
6) Although I am not lethargic during the day and generally don’t suffer from late-afternoon tiredness, it’s always cool to have more energy and be more awake. Standing up will hopefully eliminate the sluggishness caused by too much sitting.
Outlook: Negative Side Effects
Any change inevitably entails a handful of negative side effects. I expect to have sore and heavy legs for the first few days. Also, I am curious whether I will experience any pain in my arms from typing in an unusual position. We’ll see if my knee joints will be sore after loading them with my bodyweight for most of the day.
I will keep you posted on the positive and negative side effects of my Standing Desk Experiment. I will let you know how long before I crumble and surrender to the comfort of my chair.