Consider Using a Standing Desk!
Over ten years ago I was visiting the newly renovated office of a premium finance company. The renovations were specifically designed to encourage interaction among employees and enhance the company culture.
Each desk was custom designed and had a button that allowed the user to increase the height of the desk — using an electric motor — so they could stand while they worked. The electric motor made it easy to adjust the height of the desk at any time.
This was the first time I’d seen a standing desk used in an office environment. I was intrigued.
I did not think again about having a standing desk until a couple of years ago when I started reading material about the health issues with sitting all day and the benefits of using a standing desk. As a professional speaker, I often spent hours standing in front of a group presenting. So, I was used to being on my feet.
I began searching for a sensible standing desk option for my office. I do not see clients in my office, so it is bare bones. I did not want to spend a significant amount of money on a standing desk. Some models I looked at cost over $2,000. They certainly were nice, but unnecessary.
I ended up purchasing a height-adjustable standing desk from VARIDESK. There were several reasons I decided on this type of standing desk.
The cost was reasonable: For $400-$500 plus shipping you can add a standing desk option to an existing office. This is quite a bit less expensive than the other options I explored.
Fully adjustable: The desk is easily adjustable from sitting height to standing height. This gives you more options during your workday.
Better than homemade: I had explored the possibility of making my own standing desk. I even looked at IKEA for lower cost options. However, in the end, it made more sense for me to purchase a solution.
I’ve been using the VARIDESK for over a year now and continue to be impressed with its quality and solid feel.
Some of the benefits I’ve experienced by standing while working include:
My shoulders do not hurt anymore — I was having quite a few problems with my shoulders and neck from sitting in a desk chair all day. This pain has gone away with my standing desk.
More energy — I feel more energized from being on my feet. This is especially apparent to me when I am talking on the phone and/or giving a webinar. It is much easier for me to get into “presentation mode” when I am standing than when I am sitting. I feel like that higher level of energy allows me to communicate better in non-face-to-face situations.
More focus — I tend to think and concentrate better when I can move. I am standing and pacing while writing this article and using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software to “type” the content.
If you go online and search for “benefits of standing desk” you will see some articles talking about the benefits and the negatives of using a standing desk. I do believe there are health benefits to using a standing desk, but like anything, it can be overdone.
I do recommend you explore the option of adding a standing desk to your office or workstation. For me, VARIDESK has been a great choice, and I recommend it.
If you want to explore the do-it-yourself route, Bob Vila has an article on standing desk projects that you may find helpful.
Do you use a standing desk? If not, why not? If yes, what have been the benefits you have experienced? Let me know.