I still hate New Year’s resolutions but I’ve decided to implement 2 changes this month that I hope to carry through the whole year (and my life!).
1) Exercise more. (More about this later.)
2) Transition my work space to a standing desk. You may have seen this New York Time’s article about standing desks, or read the news that sitting may be worse for you than smoking. I do plenty of sitting at home after work (after Future President is asleep, of course), so I knew I had to do something about it during the work day.
Lucky for me, I have adjustable shelves that move easily, plus my computer is easy to hoist. Our facilities manager ordered a keyboard riser, where I also placed my trackpad mouse. You can’t see it in this photo, but I stand on an anti-fatigue mat, which helps with back pain. If you plan to switch to a standing desk, here are few things I’ve learned since switching:
- Position the computer screen at the perfect height, so you don’t have to look up or down; rather, you should be looking directly at the screen. Craning your neck all day is just going to create more problems.
- An anti-fatigue mat helps! They’re available on Amazon or from your local office supply store.
- Footwear matters. I wore cute spiky boots to work yesterday and had to sit down a lot more.
- It’s ok to take breaks and sit in your chair. I switch between my computer and iPad when I sit down since I don’t have a laptop.
Of course, I’m not a medical professional, so if you’re thinking of switching to a standing desk at work, consult your doctor and all that other legal jargon mumbo jumbo.