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:
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.
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. :)