Get Up and Move with the Help of a Stand-up Desk!

If you work in an office, chances are you know how difficult it is to keep moving. If you’re like me, it’s probably more conducive to remain sedentary.

In a recent American College of Physician Annals of Internal Medicine entry,  a sedentary lifestyle appears to be linked to diabetes and heart disease. While I try to fit in cardio throughout the week after work, it’s what I don’t do during work that could have the biggest impact on my future.

Recently I’ve made a change in my daily routine. I stand. You might laugh, but have you heard of a stand-up desk? It’s a desk or arrangement of your workstation that allows you stand-up throughout the day. Well, I don’t have one. Instead, I built one using a cardboard box and a stack of books. The box supports my keyboard, and the books support my mouse. I also tilt my monitors up.

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My DIY Stand-up Desk

I don’t stand all day. Instead, I alternate every hour or so, and this is actually recommended by “stand-up desk” aficionados. When my feet or legs begin to hurt, I simply sit down. It only takes about 15 seconds to set my desk back to “normal”.

For the first few days I’d get the funny stares and comments, but after about the third day everyone had moved on.

In addition to standing, I try to make my rounds around the building every few hours to keep myself moving.

If you have considered standing throughout your day, why not give it a shot and buy or build a stand-up desk?

Next on my list, a treadmill desk! (Just kidding.)

-Thomas