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Standing Tall: Doing Something Different at Work

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

As most know, I broke and displaced my tailbone back in mid-December of last year, and didn't actually have it diagnosed until January 2nd. It was actually shocking (and relieving) when the ER doctor came out and told me that I actually really did a number on my booty.

But here it is in mid-November, almost a year later, and I'm still struggling with pain. Luckily, not all of the time, but to the point where I can't drive for more than 15 minutes at a time, and sitting for too long in my chair at my desk. The good thing is that I do work from home, and I am able to move myself to my couch when the pain gets to be too much.

But the strangest thing, the decision to get a standing desk converter for my desk here at the house came from the oddest source: my insurance agent. I had gone in to talk about one of my personal policies, and I noticed his setup. I asked about it, and we wound up talking about it. He mentioned that I could actually create a makeshift one to make do until I could afford a real converter, which run upward of $300.

So, I did research once I returned home, and instead of using a box, like he had mentioned, I found the suggestion of using the Lask end table from Ikea. It was the perfect size, since I use a laptop only. All I needed was coasters, which I have, to keep from scratching up the glass top of my grandfather's desk that I inherited.

Plus, there are health benefits to using a standing desk:

1. It helps lower blood glucose levels
2. It helps lower cholesterol levels
3. It burns 0.15 calories per minute per 100 lbs (so that that would be 22.5 calories per hour for me)

Okay, so that isn't a lot, but it adds up throughout the day and week. I mean, I do work 8 or more hours per day, and if I wind up standing for 2 or 3 of those hours, that could mean. 45 or 67.5 calories per day burned. And for 5 days each week, that is 225 to 337.5 calories per week, added on top of whatever else I may be doing each week.

But the real benefit is actually in #1 and #2, more than #3, although it does add up. But for me, the real benefit is overcoming the adversity of having a broken tailbone and not having to sit all day.
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