My Hubbs works from home. He has an office in our house; it’s painted in Granny Smith Apple Green and has bamboo accents in honor of his company, Wild Bamboo Rocket. He has photography hanging on the wall, board games piling up on the shelves, and dragons that protect his desk. It’s a fun, creative space, however; every once in a while, Gregg feels a lack of motivation and needs a little jump start. He feels revitalized if his office furniture gets re-arranged or if he puts something new up on the wall or on his desk. Who doesn’t feel re-energized when their workspace gets a little decorative kick? A couple of weeks ago, Gregg started seeing tweets pop up on Twitter about colleagues converting their standard desks w/office chair to standing desks instead. What in the world? Why would anyone want to stand at their desk all day rather than sit? What are the benefits of using a standing desk?
The Hubbs started to do some research to see if this might be something he’d like to try. From Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill to Ernest Hemmingway and Charles Dickens, history shows us that standing desks were used in the past, they grew out of popularity, and are slowly but surely making a comeback for the following reasons:
- To avoid an early grave – sitting excessively for hours and hours each day is bad for your health….
- To lose weight – you burn more calories simply by standing for hours than you do sitting!
- To save your back – standing encourages good posture and strengthens back muscles.
- To stay alert – it’s all too easy to feel as though you’re going to pass out asleep during the workday if you’re sitting/slouching in a chair… standing keeps your muscles engaged and forces more movement.
- To gain a satisfying tiredness – you’ve been standing all day, your body feels it and appreciates it, and hopefully, your body feels like rewarding you with a relaxing night’s sleep.
These advantages to using a standing desk along with some of it’s history and photographs can be found at www.artofmanliness.com. And so, my Hubbs put together a makeshift standing desk to go ahead and give it a try, see if he liked it, see what it would be like to work all day at his computer standing up… He ended up really liking it! It helped with his productivity and made him feel more energetic and alert throughout the day! Here is a link to my Hubb’s blog post concerning the initial standing desk efforts: http://blog.greggbolinger.com/blog/2013/06/03/standing-desk-and-other-productivity-boosters/ The next step was to figure out an economical way to put together a more permanent, aesthetically pleasing standing desk for the office. These puppies (designed and manufactured in the stores) sell for hundreds of dollars…. craziness!!! Gregg bought some inexpensive shelving components from Menards and put together this very simple standing desk that holds his monitors, keyboard, and mouse.Another installment added the three side shelves to house external components and decor. It’s starting to look more like a finished product now! And lastly, Gregg added a top shelf to pull the look together. He moved everything in and got all cozy! I think he designed an OutSTANDing Desk!!!!! Gregg has been standing at his desk for a little over a week now and is still really liking it. Immediately, he enjoys having extra, open area in his office without a large, encumbering desk taking up so much floor space. Gregg has noticed that he’s moving quite a bit more to change standing position or to occasionally dance to a tune – (shhhhh! don’t tell him I told you about that)! He says, “My posture is better while standing so I don’t feel like a slug while working. I move quite a bit more so that keeps my blood flowing. It’s only been a week so I’m not sure if I’m noticing any major improvements in other areas yet.” But, he’s looking forward to seeing more positive effects in the days to come!
For me, it’s very interesting and different seeing the Hubbs standing in his office all day; he types away on his keyboard, answers phone calls, attends meetings, etc. just like usual, it’s just that his desk is taller than I am and it’s missing a chair…! I hope that he enjoys his standing desk, and it’s reported benefits, for years to come!
Happy that the Hubbs built an OutSTANDing Desk and is thoroughly enjoying it!