Do you feel like your life is tied to the computer?
As a blogger, I feel you. While I love writing and researching, many hours a day on the computer makes my body feel stagnant. I wasn’t surprised to learn the problems associated with sitting at a desk all day:
- One study led by the led by the University of Leicester included almost 800,000 participants. Researchers found that prolonged sitting meant a higher rate of diabetes, heart disease and earlier death. The surprising part? The results were independent from exercise! That means exercise does not negate the consequences of sitting all day. The only way to avoid the risks of prolong sitting is to not to.
- Another recent study found that sitting had a positive correlation with chronic diseases.“We saw a steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat,” the lead researcher reported. “The group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk.”
- One more study found that even active women sit as much as non-active women. Again, the only way to avoid the risks of prolonged sitting is to get off your bum.
Obviously, the human body is not meant to sit all day. But how do we continue with our computer work and avoid the consequences of sitting? It’s simple: stand while working!
Standing Desk Options
This standing desk fit all my demands. It allows me to adjust the monitor to eye level, which ensures no neck strain and optimal posture. I’ve adjusted the keyboard so that my shoulders are relaxed and my wrists are in alignment. It also looks unobtrusive, and flattens for easy, lightweight portability.
While I highly recommend my standing desk, I know there are many other options to consider. Try searching “DIY Standing Desk.” Many readers have told me they’ve created attractive, minimalist options from standard Ikea pieces.
Benefits of a standing desk
Reduced risks associated with sitting – According to the research above, standing instead of sitting all day could reduce risk of disease.
Good posture – After years of ballet classes, I’m a stickler for good posture. My standing desk allows optimal shoulder and wrist placement for typing. Most importantly, I’ve adjusted my monitor to eye level, so I’m not straining my neck. Also, standing engages the core muscles that go lax when we sit.
Improved focus – I would call it causation, not correlation, that I’m less likely to wander over to the zones of internet procrastination (namely Pinterest and Facebook) when standing. I believe our physical form influences our focus. When we have an alert form (standing rather than slouching in a chair), the mind is alert.
Improved sleep and Restless Leg Syndrome – I began sleeping better once I used a standing desk, and I do not believe it is a coincidence. I recommended my mom switch to a standing desk, and she immediately noticed a vast improvement in her restless leg syndrome.
Do you use a standing desk? Can you imagine creating a DIY standing desk at your home or office?