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Standing Desk: Day 1!


Monday, April 22, 2013

So if you read my blog yesterday, you know I got the stuff to make my standing desk. Nw, my setup isn't complete; I'm lacking a mat for the floor, and I need a chair or stool to sit on when I need a break. But, I wanted to start my experiment!

So far today, I'm feeling good. I can tell my posture sucks; although my desk is set up on proper ergonomic principles, I find myself drawing my shoulders up to my ears and floating my hands over my keyboard. This is a matter of habit, I think; as you can see in the original picture, I have to lift things up a bit.

My lower back hurts a little, too, I think also from hunching so much. That could be residuals from yesterday, though, as it started bothering me yesterday and I haven't been sleeping on my shoulders well.

I did find myself shifting a lot, and moving around. Overall, I'm encouraged by my progress! I'm still not to where I can do this all day; right now, I've set the table down on the floor to give my back a break, and I'm working on corecting my posture while I sit. It does occur to me that I need to adjust my monitor height on my desk sitting, too.

I will set it back up tomorrow, and will continue this experiment!

For those interested in someone a little farther along in t he process than I am, check out this blog over on Lifehacker:

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So, my end of the day observations:

-My feet are a little tender, but honestly, any time I started to ache, I sat down. I don't want to burn myself out on this thing on the first day!
-My lower back aches. I think this is a combination of poor posture and poor support. I'm wearing broken-down running shoes. Some things that would likely improve this are an anti-fatigue mat, some decent orthotic inserts (You hear me, Dr Scholls?), and improving my posture.
-If I get nothing else out of this experiment, I'll get a nice table once we remove the shelf brackets. I love this table.
-I'm already more mindful of my movements around the house, and my posture standing. I often feel myself slumping and my shoulders hunching over. I'm making a conscious effort to improve this.

In other, non-work-related news: This weekend I'm signed up for a 5k. It is kinda impromptu, but I knew about it months ago and forgot. Our church is sponsoring a few people (including myself) to participate in the Oasis 5k to raise money for clean drinking water in Africa.

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There's also going to be a couple of Season 11 Biggest Loser contestants there signing autographs, although they could be Joe Blow from the street... I don't care for the show, but I'm glad they're supporting a good cause. :)
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MELISAF 4/24/2013 7:11PM

    Great job! I'm a writer too, finishing up my first novel. I just converted to a walking desk last year and I can't speak more highly of the positive effect it's had on my work. I'm so much more focused and productive! Thanks for sharing about your standing desk. I love hearing about these kinds of positive changes. Well done!

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_MOBII_ 4/23/2013 12:14PM

    Great job on the desk...and for having the courage to go through with it!

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JADOMB 4/23/2013 11:58AM

    Do you also have a nice raised level for one foot to rest on while standing? That is also how you maintain a good posture and not fatigue your lower back.

My wife just got fitted with Dr. Scholl's orthopedics and it cost her $50. She just recently developed plantar fascias in her right foot. She doesn't like them and says they hurt her feet. I know what she means since I was fitted by a doctor for a pair years back when I also developed PF. But as they told me, one has to work their way into them slowly and not wear them all the time at first.

I don't know if I'd put that money out for them right off the bat. But my wife wanted them and I'm not going to argue with her(that would be futile). She should have bought some softer, less radical ones to start with and slowly work her way up to them.

Did you have one of those big rubber balls to sit on? That is a happy median between standing and sitting in a chair. They also have those kneeling ones, but I've never tried that for long. I guess if you are Catholic, you'd know if you could do it for very long. LOL

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123ELAINE456 4/23/2013 1:50AM

  Sounds Great So Far. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/22/2013 10:45PM

    It's a good idea to not wear yourself out on the standing desk right away, so I'm glad you have the ability to change it up. As you get more used to it I'm sure you'll be able to use it far more often, but in the meantime do as much as you can. After all, if you cause pain and problems from overdoing it then you won't be able to use it at all.

Have you considered taking some stretching/gentle exercise breaks for a few minutes now and again (like 5 minutes each hour)? Even while standing, if you're not moving blood can still pool and joints can become stressed. If you can work out a quick stretching break now and again it should help a lot. (When I was a teen and had jobs where I had to stand behind a counter I couldn't stand in one place long without aches or pains, but if I kept moving, walking, bending, stretching, etc I felt fine.)

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OBIESMOM2 4/22/2013 4:47PM

    sounds like a good start!

have a safe & FABULOUS 5k
(and don't forget to thank those volunteeers emoticon )
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