For me it’s been one of those things I’ve read about numerous times, but I have had a hard time doing anything about it. I’ve researched various models of standing desks for more than two years and never quite found anything that fit my needs or finances.
That said, after last fall’s training season, I realized that I really need to get out of my sitting pattern if I am going to train at a high level. Or even medium level. I often sit for 10 hours a day (if not more), and only get up 3-4 times a day for a couple of minutes at a time. After I hit age 40, it started taking a toll. After hard workouts in the morning, I would get up after a few hours of sitting and would feel excruciatingly sore. You know the feeling – you get up, workout hard, then sit for hours at work. You get up for a glass of water and AI-YI-YI your hammies, hips (insert your problematic body part) scream in protest.
It was time for me to do something.
So I started my serious research into the subject. Since I did the leg work, I thought I’d share some of my findings with you as well.
Truth be told, it was was very hard to find something that would work right for me. Several people I work with have adjustable standing desks so they can easily transition from sitting to standing. Here is a very popular model I checked out several times.
It sounds functionally awesome, but it is big. And would only fit onto the main open space on my desk. I often have people in my office sitting across from me to chat. Having that monstrosity in front of me would not be ideal.
I also looked at some of the slick desks that raise up and down, as well as the stand-alone standing desks, like this:
Unfortunately, neither would work within my space or working style. So I started searching for DIY standing desks. There are a lot of ideas out there, but most simply wouldn’t work.
So I resorted to a Google search for this: “best looking standing desks”
Judge all you want, but hallelujah – it worked! I found a sweet DIY standing desk idea that would fit into my space and claimed it could be done for $22.
I had to make some modifications as I have dual monitors, but I received everything and set it up this weekend. It is perfect! I need to get a comfortable mat to stand on, and no doubt more comfortable shoes, but I am excited about it. My set-up does not go up and down, but I still do have space to sit at my desk if I need to. Check it out:
Do you have a standing desk? Do you like it? Have you noticed any benefits?