I spend a lot of time sitting – at my day job for the better part of 8 hours, and writing at home. If sitting is the new smoking, my sedentary work is akin to chain smoking. I knew I had to do something.
So, a couple of week ago, I purchased a stand-up desk.
I was a little leery about spending so much money on one of the metal ones that’s adjustable. At least not until I had a chance to find out if I could even adapt to a stand-up desk. Instead, I purchased a cardboard model.
Yeah, it’s not the most sophisticated model on the market. It’s not visually pleasing. And one of my bosses chuckles every time he sees it.
It took maybe 10 minutes to assemble, and it works great. It has a small footprint, doesn’t wobble (even though my ergonomic keyboard hangs over the edge a little), and my speakers fit underneath it.
I have duel monitors and due to this model’s small footprint, there’s enough desk space to be able to move my keyboard to my desk and use it sitting down.
I’m using it about 40-45% of the time and plan on using it more as I become accustomed to it.
Even so, I can already tell a difference in my wellness. I have more energy in the afternoons when the slump would normally hit. I’m a little less hungry at night – no cravings for sweets, and I’m sleeping better.
I do get a little fidgety. After all, it’s hard to stand in one place for long periods of time. So, I’m thinking about getting a non-flat anti-fatigue mat.
Last word: I highly recommend getting a stand-up desk. Or, if you just want to try it out before committing, use a couple of boxes to get the feel of using one.
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