Standing room only
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:23
martian77 in General

I'm trying standing a bit more at my desk in the office. Sort of in response to an article in the NY Times about the dangers of sitting for a long time, but sort of not too. I don't like jumping on bandwagons and that. I've been doing it for a couple of weeks or so, so I thought I'd note down some thoughts about it. 

  1. My feet hurt more, particularly my heels. But that's not a surprise, and I remember it from the shop work I used to do. It'll pass. And you never know, that might be a good thing for the long distance running - I get used to being on my feet for hours at a time.
  2. My shoulder and neck hurt less. Even though I'm actually staring down at my screen (I have it angled up, but not raised). That surprised me. In a good way. 
  3. It feels like it totally changes the dynamic in the room. I work in an open plan office with up to 5 of us in there, and standing in the corner is a very different thing to sitting and hiding behind my desk. I think people will get used to that (and that includes me!) if I keep at it. 

So. I guess that's the big question: will I keep at it? I think I probably will. It'll take a little getting used to for both mental and physical reasons, but if it stops my shoulder and neck aching that alone is a good reason. Having said that, that NYT article has lots of nice academic references, so it may even be valid (not that I've followed any of them up!). At the moment I have the freedom in my working environment to choose, so I think I'll give it a go. 

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