This past December, I blogged about how I changed my office set-up so I'd be standing all day.
...and promised I'd write a follow-up after it had been a month or so. Well, it's been almost 3 months and I have to say that this is one of the BEST decisions I've made to enhance my office life.
Since the original post, I've made a couple of modifications (and you can see the results in the image on the left):
1. I purchased a monitor stand for my two monitors which gave me most of my table space back
2. I scavenged a little end table to keep my laptop/docking station
I considered purchasing a foam roller or something similar for under the table to rest alternating feet on, but noticed that I move around naturally enough that I'm comfortable. (Standing rigidly still isn't good for you either; the idea is to shift your weight around, move around, etc.)
Here's what's funny/awesome. Over the holiday break, I read The End of Illness by Dr. David Agus. There is a whole chapter on how sitting everyday is shortening our life span! (Chapter 10: Running to Sit Still: The Perils of a Prolonged Perch).
Some relevant quotes from the book:
- "Researchers at the American Cancer Society released a study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Epidemiology that pretty much said sitting down for extended periods poses a health risk as "insidious" as smoking or overexposure to the sun."
- "A second study at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne concluded that even two hours of exercise a day would not compensate for 'spending 22 hours sitting on your rear end.'"
- "...women seem to be more affected by spending time on their derrieres. In the study, women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting (outside of work) were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than three hours a day."
When I read that, I'd only spent a couple days on my feet. Naturally, I was anxious to see how I'd feel about it after a month or more...
Results? I feel much better at work. I don't have the back pains I was experience. But more noticeable is that in the early afternoon, I don't experience the "post-lunch" drowsies that seemed to be a normal part of the day (it still happens *occasionally* but that can easily be correlated to nights I don't sleep well).
For the ladies: the only other thing to take note of is footwear. I don't know about you, but I can't stand in heals all day. So this decision has rendered half of my shoe collection completely unusable at the office. Eh. Small price to pay.
By telling y'all about this I hope that:
- You'll read The End of Illness by Dr. David Agus (and my other recent favorite "healthy living" book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto )
- You'll consider standing all day, too!