As most of you know, I am a workaholic. I was just born that way. Ask my family, ask my friends, ask my college roommates for that matter, and they will all tell you Brian is always working lol. It’s not so much a drive for money, I just love working. I started drop shipping CDs and DVDs on eBay in the 6th grade and have been obsessed with internet marketing ever since. But working so long on the computer every day definitely takes its toll. I have been using a standing desk now since 2012 and all I can say is, it is definitely one of my secret weapons!
Why I Use a Standing Desk
I work from home remotely and so a lot of my life revolves around the computer. Some days I will be on my computer for 16+ hours. That is definitely not healthy and the human body was just not meant to sit that long. The body was designed to move, that is why we have muscles. Moving helps circulate our blood, is better for our digestion, and also can help us lose weight. I started noticing some discomfort back in early 2011. And I decided to make an investment in a standing desk. After all, the computer is how I make a living so I don’t see it as a waste of money, but rather an investment long term in my health. And fast forward 4 years, I can tell you that buying a standing desk is one of the best investments and decisions I have ever made.
Standing Desk Benefits
Here are a couple benefits I have noticed since transitioning to a standing desk:
- No back pain ever. Seriously, I used to get upper back pain really bad. Probably from slouching so much. Since going to a standing desk I haven’t had back pain, lower or upper, in over 4 years.
- I have tons more energy! I am 100% gluten-free now, as of a couple years ago, so I don’t really get those afternoon lows after eating anymore. That is another story. But I remember back when I used to eat cheeseburgers, I would be almost falling asleep at my desk right after lunch. A standing desk is a great way to get the blood flowing and counter that afternoon lunch.
- Much better focus. For some reason when I am standing now I can write like a racehorse. Whenever I start writing a new blog post, I always do it standing. Crank the music and blog away.
- Burn calories! I’ll be honest, I am a super skinny dude. I’m 6.2″ and weigh under 150lbs. So for me, the burning calories was almost a bad thing lol. But I have chatted with friends who have had great success with burning weight off when using a standing desk. Your body has to work to support you when you’re standing so you will burn more calories than when you are sitting.
My Sit-Standing Desk
So the big reveal, yes I am going to show you my workstation area. Pardon the cables, I moved a while back and never got around to the cable management part. As you can tell. But you can see from the picture that I have a standing desk with a motor on it. This allows me to go up and down throughout the day. In fact, it is 9:58PM right now and I am standing up writing this blog post.
I bought my sit-standing desk from a company down in Portland, OR called Ergo Depot. I bought the Jarvis model. (They don’t have any affiliate program so I am literally just sharing this with you because I want you to be healthier!) I live in Arizona, so they shipped it to me and I put it together within about an hour. I’m not good with my hands, so that should tell you it is very easy to put together. Note: It is very heavy! The piece of wood you get, they ain’t messing around. When you purchase one you can get a motor to go up and down and even one with presets. I just have the basic motor. They range from around $600-$750. Not cheap by any means, but if you’re on your computer constantly, it is the best investment you will ever make. And they also have free shipping!
Standing Desk Tips
There are things you should be aware of, especially when first transitioning to a standing desk.
- The first couple days, you will want to kill yourself! Not kidding. If you aren’t used to standing, take it in strides and rotate a lot. You have to build up your leg muscles first. I would say the first week is a little difficult. After that, your legs will adjust and you can easily stand for hours. I usually stand from 8AM to noon. Sit from noon to 4PM, and then stand again in the evening. Technically I am doing a lot more standing than sitting. But you can do whatever you feel comfortable with.
- Get yourself a mat! I have wood floors and so unless you want to wear shoes, your feet might start to hurt. I bought my mat from Get Rung, they have awesome options, colors, textures, everything you can choose from. Or if you have a yoga mat, that would also work great.
- Just because you have a standing desk, doesn’t mean you can slack on your exercising. I set aside some time every day to exercise, even if it’s only 20 minutes. I advise you do the same.
Using a standing desk has been one of the best investments I could have ever made. If you don’t work from home, start nagging your boss about getting you a standing desk. Trust me, my friends have done this and have been very successful. Especially if your company has an HR department. It is in their best interest to make sure you are healthy, comfortable, and productive. After all, the better you feel, the better work you can produce. If you have any questions about using a standing desk, feel free to drop me a comment below!
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