The Digital Age is the Cubicle Age

Last April, I made the change to a standing desk.  It has drawn a lot of attention and questions. However, because of the attention it has received and because I am passionate about the reasons for switching over; I thought I would share what I have found.  I have worked a desk job for the better part of 8 years now, that is a lot of sitting.  Along with so many others, I have felt the effects of sitting in a chair for 8 to 10 hours a day.  Effects such as: lower back pain, falling asleep at work, being tired throughout the day, and trouble focusing.

I would like to share some of the reasons I switched over and what I have found from making the transition.

Why I Switched

I made the change because of three reasons: health, focus, and attitude.

  1. Health – there are many potential health risks that come from a sedentary work lifestyle.  Some of these include: back pain, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  Harvard Medical School even published an article linking sitting too much to early death.  Even those who exercise an hour each day – according to Harvard Medical School – were still significantly higher at risk than their standing counterparts.  See the referenced study here.
  2. Focus – the improvements – in my experience to my ability to focus while standing have been impressive. There are initiatives around the country to convert student’s desks in classroom settings to provide the option to stand.  While you are on your feet, you have increased blood flow.  You are more aware.  As I mentioned earlier, I made the transition to a standing desk over a year ago.  I remember dreading a desk job and having the hours slowly pass by.  When I sit all day, I feel as though I’m trying to navigate in a thick fog.  Standing helps me with that, considerably.  I am more awake, energized, and focused. The first week standing is a difficult transition.  After that, sitting becomes a chore.  I should mention I do have the option of sitting as well.  There are some mornings I find it beneficial to sit, thought it is never longer than a half hour or so.
  3. Attitude – perhaps it is a placebo effect, but I have noticed that with better health and focus, my attitude seems to manage itself.  I do not like feeling locked or confined to an office or cubicle any longer than I need to be. Feeling confined and chained to my desk made me dread my office.  Standing allows me to wander, even if it is within a 3 foot radius.  I like to think on my feet, so sitting was never a winning option for me.

I feel the decision to switch to a standing desk is a no brainer.  I have loved my experience so far.

Have you made the transition?  What has your experience been?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Additional Hacks

  1. Park to walk – the building I work at has an incredibly large parking lot.  I make sure to get every step I can by parking as far away as possible.  I find the long stroll in the morning will typically wake me up after my morning commute.
  2. Take the stairs – this is not revelatory for anyone, at least I don’t think.  Anytime you can; take the stairs.  You will burn additional calories and increase your heart rate a significant amount more than if you took the elevator.
  3. Drink water – I have found combining the benefits of my standing desk, parking as far away as possible, taking the stairs, and replacing sugary, carbonated beverages with water has not only made me feel better; I have also lost weight.  Water does wonders for your metabolism and focus.  Keep hydrated.

Author:

Eskae | Creative Solution Architect @ Creative Business GURU