Stand Up for a Healthy 2013

Lisa RomanAs you plan for your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, improving your health is likely near the top of the list. For tech savvy people like yourself, the term “upright workstation” might not be news. You see news articles claiming that sitting all day in front of your computer is bad for you, and people should be more active (sit less) which is why you may have a weekly gym routine or practice yoga. Perhaps you, like me, feel you’ve earned the right to sit while you work. Maybe you even put your feet up while the boss isn’t looking. I mean, those upright workstations look cool, but why would someone stand all day when they don’t have to?

My personal story proves that those upright workstations are both cool and really effective. Once you have the option at work, you’ll do more standing than sitting, and you’ll feel the health benefits immediately!

First, I have to confess… I don’t have a gym routine, nor do I practice yoga. The improved energy levels and better posture from standing most of the day that I experienced may not be as dramatically realized by those of you in much better shape, but I consider myself to be a generally healthy woman – one who’s worked at a desk job for more than 20 years. I switched to a stand-up desk after a boating accident where I suffered a compression fracture of my L2 vertebrae. (That’s a story for another day.)

I returned to work four weeks after the fated boat ride, still in the back brace, on fewer pain meds, with a lumbar roll for my chair. I was still sitting most of the day just as I always had. I was thinking that sitting would remain my “normal” – I’d simply have to manage the pain in my lower back pain and eventually I’d get my energy back.

After a bit of research, I was supplied an upright workstation (insert choir of angels). The variety of activity in my day was the first benefit I realized; sitting was more comfortable on a conference call, but standing and typing was the way to go when at my “desk.” I even have a cushioned mat in my office to stand on to keep my legs from getting tired. Now I stand more than I sit, my energy levels at that typical midday low aren’t low anymore, and my posture has improved as well. Oh, and I look really cool, too!

Making the switch to a stand-up desk initially helped me get back to a productive, pain-free state after my injury, but it’s also helping to keep my energy high while enhancing my overall health. According to some articles, using a standing desk at work could actually extend my life by years. So, if you’re serious about making changes to enhance your health and productivity in 2013, it’s worth investigating.

When you’re ready to elevate your work space, great options are out there at all price points. I’ve included some links below, plus more articles that support my own personal experiences.

Resources:
Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics in the New York Times, Dec. 1, 2012. And notes from the Times’ blog on the same topic can be found here: Field Notes in Ergonomic Diversity

World’s Easiest Way to Be Much Healthier: Stand Up from Inc.com on December 6, 2012

Here’s an article from August 2012 from Forbes: Get Up, Stand Up, For Your Life: Can Standing Desks Fight Sitting Disease?”

You can find more info at this site: juststand.org

Products:

Workfit from Ergotron

Stand Up Desks from Anthro Technology Furniture

The Kangaroo Adjustable Height Desk

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