The Standing Office

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    May 14, 2007 2:18 PM GMT
    Rats. It's Monday morning, and I'm stuffed back behind my desk.

    Once, when I worked at a big corporation, I came across a small department where they had converted to a "standing office." Somewhere, they had gotten tall desks and computer workstations that were designed to be used while standing. It was because they were often moving back and forth between their drafting tables and desks, and sitting slowed their transition. (At least that was the case they made to management.) If they needed extended time at the computer, they could always pull up a stool.

    I wonder if there's a fitness benefit to such an arrangement? Has anyone worked that way before?

    I too, move back and forth between the lab bench and the desk (on good days.) Can't afford new furniture, but I could always lift the desk on concrete blocks. At least re-arranging the office would burn some calories.

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    May 16, 2007 3:25 AM GMT
    Well, I worked in hospitality for many years, and that was a constant walking/standing office. I didn't get varicose veins, but I can't say it helped my fitness/health.
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    May 16, 2007 3:51 AM GMT
    We have standing desks at my work, and I noticed that certain athletic people have them - Runners and Kayakers mostly. I've been told that if I pace when I talk (I live on conference bridges), that a standing desk is better. I'm going to ask for one in our upcoming move..will re-post with feedback.

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    May 16, 2007 4:00 AM GMT
    I've worked in restaurants, bars and retail for most my life and can say that standing all day for work, epecially long hours, really sucks after a while!
    I can see the health benifits of doing it for a few hours at a time.. but from what I remember from being on my feet all day long, after a few weeks my legs would be sore on a daily basis >_< !
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    Jun 13, 2007 4:31 AM GMT
    I'm actually thinking about installing walking desks at our firm:

    http://www.squidoo.com/walkingwhileworking

    Barring that, I try to get up my from my desk at least once an hour to stretch and walk around.
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    Jun 18, 2007 5:43 PM GMT
    Standing all day can have negative effects on the body. The obvious being that your feet and legs may hurt. But your lower back may start to hurt as well.

    If you are standing still verses sitting still, there really isn't going to be much of a difference.

    Sitting will allow your legs to rest, which is important if you are a runner or a dancer or just worked out your legs...
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    Dec 03, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    I'm bringing this old forum back from the dead.

    Has anyone else noticed the buzz about how unhealthy it is to sit for long periods of time?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/business/stand-up-desks-gaining-favor-in-the-workplace.html?_r=0

    Has modern life conspired against us yet again in the design of increasingly comfortable office chairs?

    When I'm working on projects that demand long-term focus, I often find standing more conducive to clear thinking. But, I'm also easily lured into a long relaxing sit.

    I'd like to try a treadmill desk. Anyone have good/bad experiences?



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    Dec 03, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    even better

    treadmill-desk.jpg
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    Dec 03, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    ConQuest saideven better

    treadmill-desk.jpg


    Nice. I know there are a lot of standing desks available now. (The article mentions a couple of companies.)

    I'd also like to find a small lightweight folding table that could expand a normal table/desk into a standing desk.
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    Dec 03, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    My ergo department at the medical office I work for got me a fancy standing work station. I had to provide a chiropractor note saying it was better for my posture and hip alignment. It's also electronic and can be lowered if I want to sit (but after four months, I haven't needed to sit at all) or it can be lowered if I'm out of the office and someone else is at my workstation. I actually feel better at the end of a day. My legs and feet are not sore and I feel I have more energy throughout my 10 hour shifts. I just don't trust sitting for long periods of time.
  • ASHDOD

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    Dec 03, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    well, i worked as a tour guide for 12 years, i guess i walked a few thoused's kilometers,lol,, i didnt become muscled from that, but never got fat and no back problems or legs ect... icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 03, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    I work in hospitality right now so I'm usually standing up all day. At the same time though I commute a half an hour in a tiny sports car and I sometimes get cramps or other pains in my legs from sitting like that for so long (saving up for a V70R)
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    Dec 03, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI work in hospitality right now so I'm usually standing up all day. At the same time though I commute a half an hour in a tiny sports car and I sometimes get cramps or other pains in my legs from sitting like that for so long (saving up for a V70R)


    I also get a little sore from long drives. And, alas, better fuel economy makes it less likely that we'll stop for gas as often as we need to stretch our legs. Maybe we need to somehow design cars like Segues... well, without that pesky tendency to drive off cliffs. (There's a Fiscal Cliff joke somewhere in there.)
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    Dec 03, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    i sell commercial office furniture, and 'sit stand' desks are becoming more and more popular. Especially for people with back issues. You can have them crank, or remote lift. Some have split surfaces for the monitor. Cool huh! icon_wink.gif
  • samdrake

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    Dec 05, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    I think better on my feet than I do on my ass. I love my standing desk. It exhausts me to imagine myself seated for one third of my life. For millions of years, we evolved these incredible animal bodies to be in motion. It's against our nature to be completely sedentary. It physically weakens our legs and feet, and damages our backs unless we have immaculate posture. The greatest tragedy of all this, in my opinion, is what it does to children. Why would kids, who are already little fireballs, want to sit and learn in a classroom for five or six hours a day? Of course they don't! And because of that, we stamp their foreheads with the letters 'ADHD'!