A Stand-Up Desk of One’s Own

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You’ve heard the statistics about how sitting down all day increases your risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancerThis study says that the lifespan of the average American could increase by two years if we cut our sitting time down to less than three hours a day. Standing desks may even increase your feelings of overall well-being. You may have been converted by the famous writers, statesmen, and artists who have used standing desks: Ernest Hemingway, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Sir Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, and many more.

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(Sir Winston at his stand-up desk)

I like my stand-up desk because I am less likely to use it as a dump for all the clutter I don’t know what to do with at the end of the day, which increases my concentration enormously. I am also forced to have better posture, helping me avoid the hump-back I have been developing from a tender age. It
takes longer for me to get that fuzzy-brain feeling from looking at the computer for too long. Also, I was pleased that I didn’t have to buy a chair.

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(Me, age 30)

So you may be asking how you, too, could reap the benefits of the stand-up desk. I got mine at Ikea for about $150. I got adjustable legs in case I get tired of standing up all the time. If you are in need of a bigger space to work, Kelli Anderson hijacked her normal Ikea desk so that she can raise it with a switch. If you are not a college student and you want to be fancy/spend more money, beyondtheofficedoor.com and standupdesks.com have some options. At your stand-up desk, your arms should be at a right angle to the desk for best posture.

Happy standing,

Ellen

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