A while ago my son in New York emailed me and asked me what I thought of standing desks.
If you have been following it there have been a fair number of articles around lately on how sitting down all day is not all that great for you.
For most of us who spend part of our days at least at a computer, as he does in his office, this is something to think about.
That of course also includes me in my work, teaching, blogging, blog reading, and general online cruising.
So I decided to implement my own standing desk and see how it went.
What you see above is my cutting table, up on shelves to bring it to my height (my husband cut holes part way in the top of the shelves so the legs wouldn't slip) with my laptop on an ancient portable ironing board I had kicking around. I have a rubber mat on the floor in front of it and wear comfy shoes for this operation.
And yes that is a rack of old surf boards on the wall. My cutting table isn't in my actual sewing room but in another room in the basement where there is general storage. And those are my pattern drawers underneath.
The little shelves are great for putting one foot up on to break up the standing part.
My verdict after a couple of weeks of use.
I love it.
OK full disclosure here I decided to try this after I read that some woman had lost 5 pounds just by standing to read her email over a couple of months- that clinched it for me.
Here is why I like it:
- It wakes me up when I have to mark first thing in the morning and that's the last thing I want to do. Up and at 'em is more true than down and slumping.
- I completely don't notice I am standing once I get going and I move around a lot while I do it. This is good if you are a fidgety person like I am.
- It is on my cutting table so I have something relevant laid out when I need a break.
- Like I open an email about some kind of work related crisis and I am just not into it, and I can look across my table and maybe cut out a facing or two to build up my strength.
However to date I have put on a few pounds. There is more room for snacks at this table.
And my son's office has still not produced a standing desk for him. Maybe they are too expensive. Perhaps I should send that Manhattan law office my ironing board version for inspiration.
What do you think?