So there's been a fair bit of coverage recently about how bad it is for you to sit for 8 or more hours a day. In particular, the link to deep vein thrombosis (blood clots, often in the legs) concerns me. I have a family history of cardiovascular problems, and out of four grandparents, heart attacks killed all four of them at various ages.
One of my previous roommates had abandoned his Ikea desk years ago, and it had laid dormant and disassembled in my storage closet for a few years. So I simply cut down the side boards of the desk on a table saw and reassembled it on top of my existing workstation. Some minor adjustments were required, but now I also have extra storage space on the lower level.
I definitely feel like my circulation and energy have improved, and I can actually appreciate sitting down after work. Foot pain was definitely the biggest hurdle to overcome. I had to get some insoles for my shoes, though I feel a gel mat will be a better long-term solution. A few of my co-workers have expressed what a great idea the standing desk is, while my bosses can't imagine why I'd want to stand when I could sit.
Posted on May 17, 2011 02:08 PM
Next you need to work out the laying down sleeping desk for me. Let me know what you come up with.Posted on May 17, 2011 09:32 PM
Chris: I call it your couch plus a laptop. ;-)Posted on May 18, 2011 03:51 PM
It would work if only I could put my head on a pillow and still see the screen, i require cieling mounted projection screens and bionic implants that will register commands issued by both my concious and subconcious minds, hands free.Posted on May 20, 2011 09:36 PM