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Standing up for myself!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Recent studies have been quite clear: sitting on your ass can kill you. Not just a matter of if, either; the more you sit, the more you raise your risk of dropping dead from a whole host of issues. Even if you're active, and hit the gym regularly, you undo all your hard work by sitting on your bum for 8+ hours a day.

I'm the world's worst about this. I sit so much my butt starts to hurt, and my back aches.

When I started digging around on the internet for options, I learned much to my horror that entry level standing desks start at $400, and if you want something adjustable, you're going to be shelling out at least $800, and good models run in the thousands.

Errr, no. I'm a poor person. I can't afford that.

Then, I found a $22 Ikea standing desk hack. I started browsing the internet, finding inspiration, pinning my finds on Pinterest, but kept coming back to this. Not only is it cheap, but it would use my existing desk, a beloved desk that was owned by my father and is older than I am.

So, I bit the bullet, pulled out my credit card, and got what I needed. An Ikea lack table, some brackets, and a shelf.

Two days ago, my parts arrived. My dear husband did the dirty job of drilling things (I suck at that) and we put the whole shebang together quickly and easily. I also got an extra shelf and some Capita legs to increase the height of the monitor, but I figure out that in fact, I didn't need it! The height's perfect.

So, here's the end result.

This is the back view. From what I understand, red Scotch electrical tape also matches the color of the shelf perfectly, so I can tape that up and make it all pretty, since this part faces the rest of the house.

This is the view I see. Man, it occurs to me I need to clean my computer!

This entire blog was composed standing up at my new standing desk. I have to say, I already feel more alert and together, although that could be the placebo effect. I'll report as time wears on. I'm planning on going to the flea market to find some bar stools or such for when I need to sit, since I'm sure I'll need to get used to standing for long periods of time again.

Some fun benefits. The package from Ikea also came with some green bubble wrap that you can't pop like the usual stuff. As it just so happens, it's REALLY comfortable to stand on! So I'm using that as a mat until I can get a good, new anti-fatigue mat.

And Noodles has discovered that in fact, he can sit in my chair behind me, since I'm not using it. I suppose he approves of the standing desk!

So yay for another step towards good health!
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    Hope you use a anti fatigue mat or wear comfortable shoes. I knew a guy who got plantar fascitis apparently from using his standing desk. Working is probably okay, he probably went overboard with gaming at it. My standing desk is a very rectangular bar stool I found at target (for a laptop or a wireless keyboard). It wasn't quite high enough so i covered an Amazon box with contact paper. Though the baby finally sat on it so I need to reinforce the inside and tape it back together. :)
    2182 days ago
  • TECH1960PS

    emoticon that's what I need at work, its trying to convince the management that it is a healthier option for me.
    2188 days ago
    This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I wonder, do you think a high bar stool would work as a "just in case you need to sit" crutch?
    2188 days ago
  • -CORAL-
    Good for you! I haven't even thought about taking that leap. I am soooo lazy, but yes, you are right, all the studies say sitting for so long is extremely harmful. I will be interested to hear updates. :)
    2188 days ago
    2189 days ago
    That is an AWESOME idea! very cool, and great thinking. I agree- no sense in spending huge amounts of money if you dont have to. Congrats!!
    2189 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Blog!!! Good for You for coming up with a Solution for Your Problem. The Desk Looks Nice. Enjoy it. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2190 days ago
    Great job, I just love avoiding the expensive stuff by utilizing things I already have and just modifying them.
    2190 days ago
    Good work getting the desk set up! Did you put some kind of padding between the top table and the desk? You don't want it to get bumped or move around and damage the desk.
    2190 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    Very clever solution!
    2190 days ago
    I'm not sure I'm ready to stand all day long but .... that IS pretty cool! Congrats!
    2190 days ago
    emoticon looks good! Can't wait to hear more about the effects as you switch to standing more.
    2190 days ago
    Wow. What a good solution! I look forward to hearing, as time goes on, how this works out for you. My co-workers and I talk all the time how we wish we could afford those massively expensive treadmill desks :)

    2190 days ago
  • no profile photo SNAGGS
    I enjoyed reading your blog , thanks for sharing . emoticon
    2190 days ago
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