With my recent back issues it was suggested to me that I get a standing desk at work. I liked the idea of being able to between sitting and standing to break up the day and several coworkers had various types of standing/sitting desks that I eyed. In order to get the new desk I had to have a doctor’s note, and then it took several weeks for them to order it and then install it.
Recently I came into work surprised to see it installed! (And my desk in total chaos and disarray. Had they scheduled it and let me know, I would have moved everything, but who am I to complain? At least it’s installed FINALLY.)
I consider myself pretty active. I do a lot of walking, I work out 5 days a week. My fitness is pretty diverse. I’m a gym-rat, but also do things like hiking and I bike to work in the summer time. When I’m at home I’m usually busy doing stuff. But at work? I tend to sit a lot. Sure I get up and walk to the printer (A LOT, I’d say every few minutes or so) and when weather is nice I walk on my lunch break. But still, I’m sitting for long periods of time.
When my back was acting up and clearly sitting for long periods was aggravating it, I was forcing myself to get up and do my PT stretches a few times an hour. It helped but didn’t fix the problem. Not only that, by the end of the week, my back would be CRANKY.
How often do you get up from your desk at work? What do you get up for? Bathroom break, coffee, maybe walking to the printer. Some people may have all that stuff at their desk/in their office which makes it unnecessary to get up for on a frequent basis.
Sitting is definitely detrimental to health. While part of me feels like it’s the new “fad” in the news (sitting is the new smoking, blah blah blah) I do agree that being sedentary is not going to positively impact your health. It just can’t. Our bodies aren’t built that way. We’re hunter-gatherers-farmers who no longer do those things because of modern life.
Shocking isn’t it? We really do spend most of our time sitting! Not good. This video was really good: WATCH: The damage sitting does to your body explained in 60 seconds.
So how is my standing desk?
It was weird and awkward at first. I had to re-arrange my desk to make it work right and move things I use all day since it wasn’t in the right spot anymore. My goal was to spend half the day standing and half sitting, at least at first. I thought that was a generous number. So I stood about 20-30 minutes out of every hour that I was at work.
Like I said, it was an adjustment. I found that I wasn’t finding that sweet spot of how to stand. I didn’t want to shift my weight on one leg and I found myself doing that often. I also didn’t want to slouch and I wanted to make sure my posture was good. Slouching wasn’t going to fix my back problems!
I am conscious of how I stand and try not to bend over too much. So it took awhile to get used to. It’s been about two weeks now. The first week I had some other issues–my feet hurt at the end of the day. I need to experiment with wearing different shoes at work and see if that makes a difference. Despite the foot fatigue, my back did feel a little better standing most of the day. I will continue to do this and my PT exercises. It might take time, but I hope this helps my back.
Do you have a standing desk at work? What has your experience been? Tips? Tricks?