Tag: stand-up desk

Stand to deliver

Lifehacker says standing instead of sitting is like running marathons, and there’s some science to back up the claim…

The BBC and the University of Chester conducted a simple experiment with a small group of ten volunteers. The volunteers were instructed to stand for at least three hours and wore throughout the day an accelerometer (to measure movement), as well as heart rate monitors and glucose monitors. The researchers took measurements on days when the volunteers stood and compared them to days when they sat.

And the results? Well you’ll have to read that at the source.

My own experiment, with a sample size of one? I thought it would take a long time to get used to, based on anecdotal research. But a few weeks into the experiment I now find sitting uncomfortable, and not for lack of trying. Energy levels are way up during the workday (and I know a few folks that are probably thinking “oh shit, it must be sheer chaos around there now”). Organized chaos. Last night after dinner was over, and despite great conversation, all I could think about was getting up and taking a walk around the block.

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Dirty Cheap Stand-Up Desk

Hereinafter dubbed the Model 15993 Stand-Up Desk, and pitched in the same catalog as the 957 Fly-Tying Vise and the 3437 Flyrod Racks.

Dirt Cheap Standup Desk

Available at the discounted price of $159.93. Laptop, french press and club bag not included.

After shopping around for such an instrument for a while, I was loathed to plunk down a grand or more for something designer only to wind up privately pissing and moaning about its deficiencies. Was also hankering for a project in the physical realm, knowing winter is right around the corner and as such will put a halt to related flights of fancy.

Surprisingly solid, fully adjustable for height, with ample workspace and minimal investment. Out-of-pocket cost was $159.93, plus two and a half hours of time, most of that spent navigating the zombie hoard which is IKEA patrons. Not an original idea, MG Hacks Incorporated will be paying royalties to Ms. Jessica Allen.

MG signing off (because he can’t sit still for more than a second anyway, so why not stand to begin with)