Monday, December 10, 2012

Stand up or Sit Down?

Most of are at work at least 8 hours a day and some of us work 9 or even 10 hours.  I am sure if your job is like mine, you spend most of the day sitting in front of a computer.  I don’t know about you, but I hate it.  Sitting all day makes my knees hurt and my body stiff.  I stand up a few times during the day and perform some stretching exercises. I also get outside at my lunch hour and make sure I walk around the block just to stretch my legs.  

Is there a better way?  There is.  It is a stand up desk.  The most extreme version is from Steelcase. Of course this costs a few thousand dollars. It’s a treadmill built into a desk.  This way you can walk slowly as you work.  I would love to have one these, but I do not see my company spending that kind of money for me.  I always stand as much as I can during the day.  The easiest way is to use a headset when I am on the phone.  This way I can stand at my desk and still assist my clients.  At my old job, we had wireless headsets.  Those were great.  I was able to walk a few feet in each direction while at the same time providing service.

The New York Times just wrote an article about the trend in stand up desks.  They state the trend has even spun off some smaller cheaper products. Most of these are desks that fit around your treadmill.  You can also just raise your desk and monitors so you are able to still stand and be productive.

Do you sit all day at your job or do you try to stand?

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