Standing Desk Tweaks for Long Term Success

Here is a great article from Fast Company about Standing Desk Tweaks.  They cover everything from Health to Work Sanity

Fast Company – The work you do and the office culture in which you do it are extremely important. But so too is the actual surface you work on. Here’s how thinking about your desk, its immediate environs, and your relationship to your workspace can help you become more creative.

Our focus at Best Standing Desks has typically been on the health benefits of standing, but this article makes a great point about becoming more creative and productive.   (deadly combo by the way)

Rae makes a lot of great points, but here is my favorite:

FOR BEST RESULTS, WALK AWAY FROM THE DESK – Solving really big problems sometimes require drastic measures. While hammering an idea out of your head can occasionally seem tempting, there’s consensus that stepping away from the desk is the way to break loose mental logjams.

Just walk away.  Get away from your desk and collect your thoughts.  How powerful is that?   You can find a ton of different things to take your mind off your current project.  My favorite to to grab a drink of water and take a walk.   Water is great for your health and the walk will ease your mind.  Even better…..  Grab a walk with a co-worker and talk through some of the issues that you’re facing.  Maybe you be able to glean a different approach to your problem, or at the very least, vent about your frustrations and get them off your chest.  (even if it is temporary)

Rae sums of the article with the best last resort:

Of course, if coffee, fresh air, and exercise fail to produce a genius solution to a creative conundrum, there’s always the bar.

Regardless of your standing desk situation, you need to check out this article. It’s phenomenal.  As always, get creative, check out the Diet Coke of Standing Desks…….  Awesome!

Standing Desk with Soda Cans

Yes, Your Office Is Causing You Pain

Office Pain ReliefYes it’s true and you know it.  Your Office Is Causing You Pain.  Once, it was thought that heavy lifting and grunt work would be the primary occupational reasons for people looking for pain relief. It was as soon as believed that workers that operated in an office and so on were at a reduced threat of contracting diseases due to their job, in contrast to the ones that operated in the field.

Of course, that bit of conventional wisdom is now being tossed out the window. In the modern workplace’s cubicle-based atmospheres, staff members have just as high threat for an occupational disease as anybody else. Based on some studies, they could be even worse off than people working in the field depending on the disorders of the working environment.

The very first indication of trouble came from the improving usage of pain relief treatment by home office workers. This is often attributed to the confined areas, repeated movements, and the absence of appropriate back support from the average office chair.

According to experts, anybody that is compelled to sit in the very same position for hrs on end, with hardly any area to steer or to change positions, is likely to experience spells of pain. This will eventually lead to discomfort, if left uncontrolled. The enhancing amount of home office workers taking pain relief treatment often tend to doing this as a result of back pain, largely due to the lack of chairs with adequate back assistance.

There are specific things that can be done to assist minimize the threat of becoming ill as a result of office problems. A little skeletal extending and exercise to get the blood moving correctly prior to function could help reduce the demand for pain relief drugs as a result of repetitive anxiety on certain areas of the physical body. Correct posture and positioning in regard to the keyboard and monitor could likewise aid lower the anxiety put on the arm or legs, back, and neck.

Make small changes at work to avoid the sitting disease discomfort.  Encourage your boss or organization to purchase standing desks or provide an option for a healthy work environment.

The Insanely Effective 15-Minute Workout for the office

In a society where a seventy hour work week is acceptable, it is no wonder no one has time to exercise. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to get the basic health benefits of physical activity. The great news is that you can take the 70 hour work week and include this great 15-Minute Workout for the office. The recommended amount of exercise is thirty minutes a day six days a week, so if you can fit in just two fifteen minute workouts during your workday twice a week, you are officially eligible for the benefits.
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This workout is geared toward building strength. You might want to close your office door for this one. It will elevate your heart rate while building muscle at the same time. To warm up, simply walk in place for two minutes. Walk rapidly and swing your arms so that your heart rate will start to increase. Next, increase the level of difficulty by doing lunges in place. Lunges can be done by stepping forward or stepping backward, so feel free to choose one or alternate as you go.

Moving from lower body to upper body, it is now time for pushups. Depending on your upper body strength, you can do them with your knees on the ground, standard pushups or diamond pushups. The important thing to remember is to do the highest level of difficulty you can, because this is a very brief workout.

Now, lay on your back and put your legs as straight up in the air as you can, creating a ninety degree angle. If you have never done leg lifts before, you may want to place your hands underneath your buttocks. This will help with balance and stability. Now lower your legs slowly, getting them as close to the ground as you can without touching it, then bring them back up and repeat.

When you are done with this portion of the workout, put your feet on the ground so that your knees are up. The next exercise is a standard crunch but with a twist, literally. With your hands behind your head, sit up slightly with your chin to the ceiling, just like you would in a normal crunch. Once you get to the top, stop and twist your body to the right, then twist back to straight and lay back down. Next, do the same thing but twist your body to the left. This exercise is good for a quick workout because it develops your central abdominal muscles as well as your lats.

This might make you feel a little funny at work, but the long term benefits of exercising consistently will pay dividends in the end. if you need some new ideas on Standing Desks and really want to get in shape, check out our TOP TEN Standing Desks here:

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Switching to a Standing Desk at Work

I have been talking with a fellow office cube monkey about my transformation to a standing desk and how I have essentially rallied behind this healthier way of working.  She asked me how in the world my boss would be on board with this idea. I hadn’t thought of this but I had no resistance from my boss. Thank you boss, I like you.

Have you wanted to transform your office space at work to a standing desk? Nervous to discuss the topic with your boss? Here is my tip:

Yell at your boss:  “I don’t want the sitting disease!”

I am only kidding. Lead with the productivity, healthier work day and ergonomics of the standing desk.

Adjustable Height Desks and Conversion Kits are perfect for your office work space, and the bonus is the latter is very practical and affordable.

So how do you get the ball rolling? Have the conversation with your boss. Do some research. Use the words, sitting disease. Show them the handout below.  Please know I am here for you.

Below is some very handy information by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Sitting Disease by the Numbers

Standing Desks featured in the NY Times

Best Standing DeskAnother media outlet featured the benefits of the standing / working desk.  I agree with the NY Times article in that it seems like a no-“brainer.”  I agree with the statement, but I also think that our ancestors would look at us (in the future) and ask us why we are sitting to accomplish work anyway.  Well duh statements run rampant over this topic.

One thing is certain
Getting exercise while sitting and typing or performing knowledge work is extremely important to our well being. However we decide to accomplish this goal; (makeshift elevation, like our friend in the picture) we need to make certain that we are taking the right “steps” in shoring up our future health.

Best Standing Desks
Is designed to help you shop for a pre-made standing desk. Whether it’s a conversion kit to convert your regular desk to a standing workstation, or a full blown standing desk to replace the executive behemoth you have been hibernating behind for the last 10 years. We are here to help stop the sedentary disease of sitting.