In my constant aim of physical development (three years and over 50lbs ago, I tipped the scales at 250 lbs.+), I’ve been reviewing my daily behavior and kept coming across blurbs about the dangers of long periods of sitting (i.e. what most of us do at work).
Daily Infographic compiled the best data on the dangers of sitting extensively with this graphic (click to expand — it’s a beautiful infographic and definitely worth reading):
There is a lot of data coming in on the dangers of sitting and the benefits of standing at work. Time Magazine has this list:
That was all it took. So I converted my home office desk and work office desk each to a standing desk. In both locations, I already had two great desks so I couldn’t spend the money to swap out for completely new desks. My focus became how to increase the height of the items I interact with on my desks (primarily my Macs). It took a bit and experimentation with different heights (specifically the height of the keyboard), but I finally arrived at exactly the right levels for zero strain and best ease of use.
Note, I use my two offices for completely different purposes– one reflects the left side of my brain and the other the right side of my brain I’m very distinctly both of these. I’ve discovered that the greatest results comes from having environments designed to cater to these two sides. I’ve found it’s impossible for me to create an environment that serves both sides and still allows me to get stuff done. My office at work is designed for pure management and productivity. I meet with people, organize, plan, etc. It is a very functional and aesthetic environment. My office at home is designed to be my creative cave . . . I design there, draw, write, dream, etc.
The one at home has my iMac for design so it required a larger base. I purchased a keyboard stand, replaced the legs with 6″ posts from Home Depot, and there you are. Okay, it looks like crap, but its functional. Also, it’s my home office– this is what the deep recesses of my mind looks like.
My work office required a bit more focus on aesthetics. However, since I only use my laptop or iPad there, I didn’t need as much space. So a converted lapdesk and base from Target, a bit of velcro, and I have a black matching standing desk. Yes, I have a wall-size mural of Superman. Yes, it is the coolest office I know.
I’m still two weeks out from the beginning of the experiment but I’ve already noticed some significant changes in my routine (excuse the lack of scientific rigor in these results):
I’ll tell you in a few weeks if there’s been any further weight reduction. Simple conclusion: two hours of conversion work, $65 of supplies, and no chance I’ll ever go back to my old desk option.