Most of us begin our careers on our behinds, slaving away, usually, behind a computer monitor for 6-8 hours per day or many more in some cases, trying to reach professional success. Some statistics show that more than 70% of Americans sit to work each week! But, as a person that feels worse every hour I sit, I was thankful that recently I was able to join the Standing Desk Community and leave the days of sitting on my arse for what consumes most of my week, behind me.
For my day job, I work in the Accounting Department of a large Tallahassee law firm and most of my days are consumed with data entry work, which in our minds, is done sitting and looking at a computer monitor for the hours we are in the office. But last week, I was able to leave those days of sitting all day behind me. I outfitted my desk area with the very inexpensive standing desk riser, raised one of my double monitors (which this week I will raise the second) so that I could spend more than half of my work time in the standing, keep you mobile, position.
This is something that I have wanted to switch to for more than a year now. Many of my fitness and blogger friends already made the change last year and each time they did it made me want to change my SITuation even more. I find that when I stand I am more apt to stay focused, walk around more, feel much less sedentary and maintain the motivation to keep moving beyond my work day. My knees, surprisingly, do not bother me as much because I am not crossing them as I sit for hours at a time. My energy levels seem much higher and I find that I think much less about snacking because I’m no longer sitting and bored from lack of movement. Imagine that, one little change in a big part of my day can make such significant improvements in my health. Yeah, WHY THE HECK did I wait so long to make this simple change!?!
As today begins my first official week with my standing desk I excitedly resolved that I will move my other monitor up and cut any of my sitting time to less than 5% of my work day. There are some things that I believe I will still take the time to sit and complete, but for me, the more upright I am the more I will move and less sedentary I will stay.
Sometimes I do my best thinking while I am sitting, but when it comes down to it, I’m really just thinking about what I could be doing to stand, move or exercise. I even added a little anti-fatigue mat to my work station to add additional support to my legs and spine and help prevent discomfort.
The cost for switching my workstation to a Standing workstation was just under $200, a minimal investment for a healthy future, in my opinion, and totally worth every cent! I am really looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for a healthier and better me!