My standing desk at work I rigged up
Let me tell you a story.
If you have followed my blog or read my book then you know that I work a full-time job in addition to personal training.
A little over a year ago, I took a promotion at the job that moved me into a position where I would be at a desk a good chunk out of the day.
And recently, I found out that the job was hurting me. Bad.
With an ever expanding amount of people sitting at a desk all day in front of computers working office jobs, the awareness of how bad sitting is for humans just keeps coming to the forefront. One of the most common questions I get at the gym is "should I sit on an exercise ball at work?"
When I switched jobs at my company, I went from a job where I was on my feet all day working in a warehouse to being at a desk most the day. A few months after sitting at my desk, I started to get my first small nagging pains from working out. I had shoulder and hip issues flare up out of no where. I thought nothing of it. I thought it was just all the time in the gym finally catching up to me and that I had just been lucky up until that point.
A few months ago, I found a table at work that was big enough and tall enough to be a perfect standing desk. I was absolutely tired of sitting all day, so I took this table to my work area and ordered myself a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I used it a little bit at first but not a ton.
About a month ago, I started standing a lot more. I had one week where I did not sit at all. That week, I felt great. A lot of my aches and pains in the gym were gone. So I kept standing. Then one day last week, I had to sit all day because my work required it. My shoulders and my hips flared up again the next day. I stood the next day, then was fine. Then another day I had to sit, and my issues flared up again.
Coincidence? I think not.
Though I want to do some more monitoring, I think I can make a pretty strong conclusion that sitting at work lead to a lot of the issues I was having. No doubt, I feel much better when I stand. It may seem like a "no-brainer", but it has just been interesting to experience for myself.
So if you have the option to stand at work, make it happen! It can make so much difference in your mobility and overall health!
Do you have a standing setup at your job? Share below what your setup is!