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Standing workstation

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I made a standing workstation on my desk with a couple of milk crates.

I've spent a good amount of time standing today, and think this was a good idea.

I could improve on my current solution as the milk crates aren't elegant, but I'm so glad to have a cure for the constant sitting that is the downside of my computer-based occupation!

I can actually take a sitting break without having to do too much juggling, so it's the best of both worlds.

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LOOD1962 11/5/2013 2:07PM

    What a coincidence, I just put one of my monitors on my shelf so I can stand when I want. Now if I can just find something to use for my keyboard. I'll think of something, maybe a box. Great minds think alike.
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MCJULIEO 10/24/2013 8:41PM

    Very smart!

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QUEEN-EYDIE 10/24/2013 7:56PM

    I see how it works now!

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NATHELESS 10/24/2013 4:26PM

    Golden190 - I'm liking it so far, but it's only been a couple of days.

I've been working from home the last two years and was (unhappily) surprised at how much less I've been moving.

I'm trying to reverse my slide into sedentary life now, any way I can, 'cause my body just doesn't appreciate all the sitting!

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GOLDEN190 10/24/2013 4:06PM

  I just started my experiment with this today. I work from home and noticed I don't get nearly the steps in that I did working in an office. I would love to know how it is working for you so far.

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BILL60 10/23/2013 8:21AM

    Great idea, if you're inactive.

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QUEEN-EYDIE 10/22/2013 7:30PM

    Very cool! Could you post a photo?

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SEAJESS 10/22/2013 5:14PM

    I did this a few weeks ago and it has been EXCELLENT!

Like you, I jury-rigged and I'd encourage everyone to do it this way. Mine cost zero dollars; I used an old dresser drawer on it's side to elevate my monitor. an old Ikea organizer to hold the keyboard and a cardboard box for the mouse.

Google James Levine MD of the Mayo Clinic for more details on the benefits of standing while working. Next step for me, find an inexpensive treadmill.

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HILLSLUG98239 10/22/2013 4:12PM

    At my last military job (an office job, which was quite unique given the rest of my career), our montors & keyboards were on a platform that swivelled and could be raised & lowered. (We shared the computers between two desks. Can't imagine doing that now!) My cube-mate and I frequently worked standing up. I really liked that.

I wish I could convince my employer to invest in a few walking desks. Given that our county commissioners have questioned why we (the lawyers) get paid so much more than other offices (seven years of college, that's why - and we'd make more if we worked for the county next door), they're surely not going to buy us $2000 desks.

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KACEYSW 10/22/2013 2:30PM

    That is a fantastic idea!

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