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Sit to stand desk

Have you tried alternating working positions?

     

vivalasvegas

6:45 am on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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For the past couple of years I have been researching the issue of ergonomics and healthy working positions. At some point, after learning that prolonged sitting can have some negative impacts on our health (decreased blood circulation in the perineal area and back problems), I decided to stand at my office. I placed my computer on a high table and for almost one year I would stand while working. Working in a standing position can be quite pleasant for a few reasons:
-it keeps you more alert;
-when you want to take a break from working you simply walk away from your desk.

However, prolonged standing has some issues too: sore feet, lower back and neck (muscles used to support standing). Here's a good article on working in a standing position [ccohs.ca]

My conclusion is that alternating working positions is the healthiest option we have (if we must keep working:). I recently bought a very cool height adjustable desk that, at the push of a button goes up and down allowing for working both sitting on a chair and standing. I sit for 2-3 hours with 5 minute breaks every half hour, than I stand for 2 hours, again with half hour breaks and so on. The 5 minute breaks are also good for your eyes. On these breaks I always try to focus my eyes on a distant object (it's what opticians recommend).

One other thing I intend to purchase is one of those $500 ergonomic chairs.

tangor

7:32 am on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have several workstations on my local net. One standing, one sitting, and (ahem) one reclining (the sofa!) Obviously I don't do the same kind of work at station three I do at station one and two. Also find that my scanning station (one) is easier to work. Station two is where I bang the keyboard most aggressively. I limit my sitting time to about 50-70 minutes. Standing to as long as I like. I then ride (sometime during the day) 12-24 miles on the bike. That's one-two hours the way I ride. Any work undone at the end of the day is done at station three...though most of the time that "work" is catching up with news, reading books, or watching what I missed on TV/film or listening to music. Night time hours I might use any of the three stations to do WW.

I don't have back pain or feet that hurt but I attribute that to getting away from the work place on the bike, doing grocery etc., meeting folks, and using the eyeballs to look at distant objects, ie.: cars that might run me down! :)

And there's nothing wrong with having the perfect chair! Best investment one can make in this kind of business.

Artsyrat

7:52 pm on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thank you !from someone with a sore wrist, swollen feet, a back ache, stiff neck and blurry vision...........guess I'll take a walk.

londrum

8:00 pm on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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what you need is a combination of the two, sitting and standing

...star jumps

vivalasvegas

12:40 pm on May 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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guess I'll take a walk

Yes, walking is great. I take 1 hour walks every other morning before starting working.

tangor

4:30 am on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The biggest benefit "ergonomics wise" is to get up from the keyboard ON YOUR FEET for at least five minutes every 55... Better yet 15 minutes every hour. The query was standing to work and, as observed, there are some issues as regards that position over an eight hour day. The problem is the keyboard and mouse... they lock you into a position---whether sitting or standing---and it is the lack of MOVEMENT which causes the problems associated with circulation, muscle pain, or even joint deterioration. Our bodies were designed to MOVE and our health depends on MOVEMENT to burn off toxins, absorb nutrients and maintain optimal cardio-vascular performance. Even making small changes can have large benefits.

Rugles

8:51 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There was some famous person who has one of those standing desks and I can not remember who it is. I had never even heard of such a thing until I saw them doing it.

It seems like a good idea but I wont do it. I have to get up and walk around the building a couple times an hour anyways.

lawman

9:28 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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One of my former partners had a standing desk. Very cool.

vivalasvegas

7:46 am on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There was some famous person who has one of those standing desks and I can not remember who it is. I had never even heard of such a thing until I saw them doing it.

The famous person is Donald Rumsfeld.

skunker

1:42 am on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Very common with movie/film editors.

Rugles

3:19 pm on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The famous person is Donald Rumsfeld.

I think you are correct. It might have been a 60 Minutes segment.

 

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