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My take on the standing desk craze

Tuesday 24 March, 2015 by Millicent

Female working at a standing deskI don't know about you but after re-entering the world of office work six months ago, I find that most of my working days are spent sitting – either in front of a computer or in meetings.  I had developed a lot of shoulder pain, I had headaches, leg aches and generally felt a bit awful.

I had seen all the headlines (who knew sitting would become such a hot topic?) saying that prolonged sitting has links to chronic disease. Thinking about what caused this seemingly sudden onset of discomfort it was clear that sitting was the culprit.

After the summer break our office was lucky enough to hop on the bandwagon and get a shared standing desk. I decided to give it a test drive – after all, I had nothing to lose but my discomfort!

Mixing up my working day by standing for an hour seemed to really help my aches and pains that were a bit premature for my age. Now I have a booking to use the desk every day for an hour, just before lunch. It seems to give my body a break. I can feel my shoulders and my back straightening up it's difficult to slouch when you're standing! 

Another benefit I have found is that it also helps with my work scheduling. The booking helps to give more structure to my day and breaks it up. It gives me an hour away from my desk, my phone and my database. I use this time for tasks that need focus and then I treat my body to a walking lunch break.

Now I don't tend to skip lunch or eat at my desk. I slap on my hat and go outside for a quick walk and come back to my desk ready to tackle the emails, calls and all the busy tasks of the afternoon.

Consider mixing up your work day by walking or standing in between all the sitting time at your desk, your body will thank you!

How else can I stay active at work?

  • Catch public transport to work, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
  • Park your car 10–15 minutes from work, and walk the rest of the way.
  • Walk with colleagues at lunchtime.
  • Take the stairs, not the lift.

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