I am not sure how many people reading this have a home office or whether you work in a cubicle but chances are if you do work in an office you probably spend a lot of time sitting. I know that I personally spend too much time sitting and not enough time being up and about. Is it just that our offices are designed to have us sit all day long? When you attend meetings do you sit? When you go for lunch does it involve sitting? More and more there is a growing movement and studies being done to back it up that tell us we need to get up and move around more and here are just a few reasons why it’s so important…
- People are more productive standing more often during the day
- Researchers have linked sitting to increased risk of certain cancers
- People can develop other types of problems with blood clots, heart attacks and strokes and more
As if those aren’t enough reasons as to why you might consider adopting a standing desk just think about how you feel after a long day of sitting at a desk and staring at a computer monitor. Most times it leaves you feeling drained, exhausted and overall an unhealthy feelings remain when you choose not to give up the chair.
Note: Those of you who aren’t ready to move to a standing desk just yet you might want to think of using a yoga ball (aka. exercise ball). Here is an article written by Melanie Pinola called “Why I Switched My Office Chair with an Exercise Ball (and what it’s like)“.
Chances are it might be tougher to get something like this going at your place of work because some companies out there aren’t as forward thinking about the health and well being of their employees, even though they should be. So how do you go about setting up a standing desk in your home office? Let’s look at what you need and some of the most common ways you can setup a standing desk in your home office.
Setting up Your Standing Desk
When you think about it, standing is something that we all do. Now I am not saying that you need to stand for 10 hours a day but once you remove the option to sit people have noticed they are more focused, alert and energized. Have a look at this ergonomics diagram that shows the proper way to set up your standing desk.
You may be thinking to yourself at this point that it might not be possible to setup a standing desk in your home office because of the cost but that is the best part of all. Thanks for this tip, has to go out to Yaro Starak because he mentioned it in a blog post that he did recently about Standing and standing desks. Sure you can go out and buy designer standing desks but for everyone else that actually watches their money you can go to IKEA and pick up a standing desk for less than $100. All you really need to do is to order the following parts from IKEA…
In the last few months I’ve been reading more and more about this lifestyle trend that is taking place in offices and homes around the world. Here are some articles that you can read to do your own research on to help you make up your mind about standing desks.
- How to Setup Your Standing Desk and Why it Could Save Your Life by Yaro Starak
- Why I Switched My Office Chair with an Exercise Ball (and what it’s like) by Melanie Pinola
- Standing desks and walking stations replace office chairs at GSK’s new Philadelphia offices by Andrew Seidman
- Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics by Steve Lohr