As of today, I’ve been doing stand up at work for a month. And no, I have not completely annoyed my co-workers (well at least not by standing up.) On February 2nd I started an experiment utilizing a standing desk in my office. You may ask why and it’s a good question with a lot of really good answers. Let me start by sharing some data I read that really made me contemplate the posture I’ve used for the last 26 years in nearly every job I have worked.
Up until last month, like nearly everyone else, I went from my bed, to sitting down to drink coffee, to sitting in my car for commuting, and then to my desk where I sat most of the day. So what’s wrong with sitting? Let take a look at the data that was provided to me.
The data points below are from juststand.org
So that’s the data from our partner Ergotron, but what about real empirical data? Well, that’s what I’m going to chat about briefly. After a month of standing at work I’ve learned a lot. First, you need to have all the right equipment. I started very simple; I put the coffee table from our lobby onto my desk, and move my computer, phone and lamp onto that table. It was a good height for me, as I’m about 5’11”. I soon realized that if you’re going to stand, you need a decent cushion for your feet. I purchased a very inexpensive cushioned mat from a larger home improvement center for less that $20.
Week one was the hardest week, I felt very fatigued, which indicates I was expending more energy, and I had sore legs and a sore back. Nothing debilitating, just a soreness, that foot mat really helped with this. After a week my body grew accustomed to the new format. Then I noticed that the coffee table, while convenient, was not helpful when co-workers came in my office and sat while I stood; it was just a little awkward. Enter our partner, Erogtron. They sent me one of their “WorkFit” desks. This desk is a solid accessory that sits right on top of your existing desk, it’s roughly 24x40 inches and can be raised and lowered to suit your height, and your business needs. I can now lower my desk to a sitting position when I have visitors.
I used a FitBit to track my activity before and after and here’s what I’ve learned; although my average steps per day and average calories burned daily have not changed drastically, I feel great. I have more energy and during the last month I have purposely not done regular exercise. While I will now return to my exercise regimen I do feel that I was able to keep a similar activity level without exercising because I was standing.
Regan Technologies has built a strategic partnership with Ergotron. We can offer Ergotron’s entire portfolio of products from sit-stand desks for work and schools, as well as equipment for the healthcare industry such as medical carts. Please reach out to me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d highly recommend you consider doing “stand up” at work.
~Stephen Clark, Director of Sales