Sitting at a desk all day is just as bad for your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes.
Did that get your attention as much as it got mine?
For someone who has never smoked a cigarette in her life, hearing this made me sit up… Actually no, it made me stand up.
It’s a sad fact that the average Australian adult sits for 9 hours a day1, when research about the negative health impacts of prolonged sitting
has existed since the 1700’s2.
So, as part of my obligatory New Years health kick, I decided to flick the office chair and fashion myself a stand up work desk. With a sheet of timber
and the engineering expertise of a very handy dad, it was a pretty simple task - I simply drew a little sketch on the back of an old envelope, and
a wooden structure magically appeared outside my room!
It seems I’m not the only one converting to stand-up working, if the monumental growth in adjustable desks on the market is anything to go by. Clearly
the movement is growing, and fast.
In an intimate shared office space full of creative types, continually perpetuating their supreme ‘avant-garde-ness’, it was probably predictable that
the move would catch on. And watching it all unfold was more than a little intriguing as a social experiment.
The first convert was an immediate uptake by one of our resident Douglas’, hacking his work station in seconds by shoving a chair up onto a desk. He felt
instantaneously lazy sitting when someone around him was standing. Can I please have a big round of applause for BK?!
The second made the leap just last week, after 3 months of quietly watching and perhaps not-so-subtle peer pressure. He still gets a clap, but perhaps
only one of those quiet, finger tapping ones you recall from primary school.
So taken with the concept are the queer folk from Duke Douglas, that a prototype, standalone adjustable desk has been crafted and is currently on display
in the showroom. A solid structure, no one will argue, but an interesting project and definitely one to keep an eye on.
If you’re thinking of making the change, I will warn you to wear very comfortable (preferably flat) shoes and have some good music playing.
If you shake your thang a little, it makes the day go quicker and keeps those gorgeous pegs of yours from feeling stiff as a geriatric in a snowstorm.
And make sure you get the height just right. A few centimetres up or down will impact enormously on your level of comfort.
If the thought of public criticism is holding you back, have no fear. I’ve been surprised by the amount of people who come into the office and don’t even
comment that a bunch of people have awkwardly constructed wooden platforms, balancing expensive computer equipment, on their desks. It’s actually a
So if there’s no more questions, I now challenge you, Slim Shady, to please STAND UP!
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