My time is very black and white. Occasionally I’m leading a tour, sometimes hiking up to 9 hours in a day. But most of the time I’m sitting at home (desperately) trying to get work done on the computer while the kids run around screaming, playing, and fighting. I suspect most parents can identify at times at least.
Sitting for long periods of time is…unhealthy. A shocker, I know. So a few days ago I decided to make a change. I can’t remove the need to work on the computer. And I can’t get the kids to act like adults (although you can believe that I’ve tried!!). But I can…..change to a standing desk.
Being a realist I knew switching to a standing desk wouldn’t be easy. So I decided to go low-tech no-investment for the first week. If I make it to the one-week mark then I’ll construct something more aesthetically pleasing and useful than a big board on a couple of boxes. 🙂
Observations from the first four days:
- Ouch. The first three days my feet and lower back both HURT A LOT.
- Now (day five) it’s getting much better. Still some pain but it’s receding.
- It is much easier to step away to do something and then come back and focus again. To an extent I couldn’t comprehend was possible. This is especially useful since this is in our living room and the kids are constantly in need of attention.
- I used to get shoulder pain when sitting and computing for long periods of time. Sometimes quite bad. Now? None at all. Not even a little bit.
- I feel more focused. A subjective observation, true.
- There needs to be a good source of padding under the feet. It makes quite a difference.
- The table surface needs to be at just-the-right-height. Too low or high results in wrist pain.
That’s it. Considering I’m already feeling considerably better since beginning I expect that I will stick with it as a lifestyle change. Later this week it’ll be time to get the circular saw out and make something more permanent and suitable.