Let’s start off with a bang, eh? After reading a multitude of studies linking early death and a sedentary lifestyle (1, 2, 3, 4 just for a quick start), it seems like time to change some old habits. Thank goodness the new year is here, as it provides the perfect vehicle for a little (or a lot) of change to happen. I’ve been working solidly for the better part of a year on organizing at home, and now it is spilling over to my workplace.
Here’s the big admission, which I think just about everyone already knows: I sit for many, many hours per day. Sure, I have a bit of movement during my day, but not a lot, and when the years spent working at my desk are edging ever so closer to ten, and I spend the better part of the week at work, it seems like a good place to start making changes.
In December I read this quick article in the New York Times, at the time, it seemed like a small change, and something that I could do without spending any money, then the rush of Christmas happened, and a holiday too, and all of a sudden we’re in 2013. Never too late to start something new, and albeit, this is a bit of a work in progress, but as of today, my main desk is now a standing desk. It didn’t end up costing any money, and took about five minutes (with the help of a colleague). Here’s an older photo of my office/desk arrangement.
Here’s my new set-up. I’ve taken my Ikea Galant table and raised the height to 32 1/4″ (maximum height). Even at its height, the desk is still slightly low, so I’ve got my laptop up on a stand (this might not be permanent, but it was available and worth a try). This gives my wrists and arms a bit of a break, and provides a better ergonomic height (I’m about 5’5″). I also pulled the area rug further over, so that I wasn’t standing on the hard concrete floor all day.
I realize that it isn’t mind-blowing, and that I’m a far, far distance away from having a completely workable and uncluttered space. But it is getting closer. Now if only I could make the paperwork pile that was magically gifted to me over the holiday disappear.
Standing at my desk provides a pretty nice little view out the window too, which isn’t all bad. After a full day of standing at work, my knees are a little sore, but I think it is totally doable. Just have to get used to this little change, hopefully it will make a positive difference overall.