I spend most of my days in front of a computer. A few years ago, I started having lower back pain from sitting too much. Some days it was really bad. I got a better chair, but it only helped a bit.
When I changed job, I got a computer stand like this one, and have really enjoyed it. I would say that I stand about 50% of the time. The great thing about this stand is that it can be lowered or raised really quickly.
The hoarder junk in my office is piled too deep on it to allow a photo, but I have a standing desk improvised from things on hand. From floor upwards it goes:
- 4 of those bed-raiser plastic risers;
- a tall narrow wooden table;
- an additional wooden riser made of 2x6 lumber with 1x6 slats on top;
- a large cardboard box that a 24" flat-screen monitor came in.
When I was computer gaming a lot, the standing desk was my way of self-limiting my gaming time. At first (heavy as I am) my feet wouldn't allow more than an hour or so of gaming on any given day, even using one of those rubber standing mats in front of the desk (which I recommend). But over the course of about six weeks I got more accustomed, and my feet no longer would start to hurt no matter how long I stood there. All in all, I found the standing desk very pleasant to use, so much so that I plan to rejigger it to hold my work computers. (But that's a big job because of the aforementioned hoarder junk.)
Yeah, my problem is that I am currently struggling with a laptop situation. I guess I bet i could find a super cheap monitor and keyboard, and then just connect them to my laptop with an htmi cord or something.
Fully cranked up, it is just the right height for my keyboard (I'm 5'8" tall) though I need to put my monitor on a stand or box* to raise it a bit higher. I imagine it might not go high enough for a taller person. (*Currently using this cable box, which while plastic, is a brilliant solution for managing desk cords and cables! My monitor rests on it okay, though the monitor stand base is a couple inches wider than the cable box.)
The hand crank takes some time, which I've viewed as good computer break, but I think it's deterring me slightly from using it as a standing desk. Mostly, I was having difficulty working up to being able to stand very long, plus keeping my workspace clear enough to feel like I could easily shift between sitting and standing, so I have not yet used it for standing very much yet.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
The hand crank takes some time, which I've viewed as good computer break, but I think it's deterring me slightly from using it as a standing desk. Mostly, I was having difficulty working up to being able to stand very long
I find that my legs get tired after standing for a while. One of my colleagues has a non-adjustable standing desk and he uses a comfort mat to make it easier to stand all day.
Not sure what brand his is, but here is one the looks good.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
plus keeping my workspace clear enough to feel like I could easily shift between sitting and standing, so I have not yet used it for standing very much yet.
That is what I like about the stand, all my papers are on the desk and I can raise or lower the computer itself.
Standing just moves the problem from one part of your body to another.
I got a good chair and a wireless keyboard and mouse so that I don't use the laptop keypad any more. My desk has a keyboard drawer which I use with the wireless keyboard and mouse. The arms of the chair are adjusted so that I have full support when I'm using the mouse.
I take microbreaks every 15-20 minutes and do a bit of stretching.
I no longer have carpel tunnel syndrome or back problems.
The attached which I got from a local physiotherapist does an excellent job of laying out a body-healthy approach to computer use.
The idea of a standing desk doesn't seem appealing to me - not because I'm lazy or don't care about my health, but standing in one spot is incredibly uncomfortable (coming from a guy who spend 10 years in the culinary industry). I always felt more muscle pain on those nights we were slow rather than running around the kitchen like a chicken with its head cut off.
I have heard of treadmill desks and I like that concept a lot better. Walking at a slow pace while on the computer seems like a better fix than standing in the same place.
Just a though.
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