Have you tried using a standing desk? If so, did it convert you or did fall back into your chair?
Our wonderful, and funny, Daniel Cooper shared (www.engadget.com/2014/08/18/irl-homemade-standing-...) his experiences with using a standing desk for work. I currently don't have one at home myself, but when I was visiting our San Francisco office I had the pleasure of using one. I only had the opportunity of using it for two days, but I have to say I agree with Dan on this point: "Part of the process has been learning how to manage yourself while at a standing desk, which has changed over time."
The first day I used it I tried to power through the day, but only making it until around 11:30/12:00 before my legs started to cramp up. I was using the soft mat which does help a lot, but at the same time you are working some muscles you probably don't use on the regular. I definitely also had to adjust how I stood, needing to make sure I stayed forward on the balls of my feet versus resting on my heels. I also had some form and posture issues I had to work on too.
In spite of these posture issues I did like it. I felt more awake through the day and it was far easier to come into the office and spring right into work. Going right into the chair is almost always a surefire way to slowly ease into the day.
All that said, I don't think i could change at home. It'd be hard to not get a similar style desk as to what was in the office. They came with lift controls so you can easily raise and lower the desk. If I was to make the change I think I would have to go for that kind of desk. I know they make hybrid ones, but I am very particular about how my desk is set up and I think having more stuff would annoy me.
I'm curious to hear about others, if they have made the change or not? I've also heard of people going for the yoga/exercise ball instead of the standing desk.
When I used the standing desk I kept it up for a while but ended up going back to a seated position more out of boredom than muscle cramps. I tend to prefer to sit in a half lotus anyway, so I know I'm a little unusual and wouldn't benefit in the same way as others.
A couple years later now, I am playing a ton of hockey and am getting my back bashed and twisted several times a week. With my back being sore, I think sitting won't do me any favours. I have finally given in and ordered a standing desk for work a couple weeks ago. A proper convertible one from ergotron.
It hasn't come in yet, but I look forward to trying it. Worst case scenario I resume sitting
I definitely get tired of standing and then I'll go ahead and sit down mid-morning. Depending on how restless I'm feeling, I'll raise and lower it throughout the day. I think that's the key thing: having the option to sit or stand. I notice a lot of us at the office will raise and lower it throughout the day.
I used to work retail where I was on my feet all day, often at a terminal. I felt better physically and mentally.
Now, sitting at a desk, I feel more lethargic and prone to fatigue. Also, I've gained some weight. This is largely due to being less active for half of my day.
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