I couldn’t take it anymore.
Tuesday I made a makeshift standing work station for myself. Literally my hips have been starting to ache from all this sitting. Since moving, a few months ago, I’ve spoken before about how much more time I spend sitting during my commute. Pile that on top of what was already sitting all day for my work — and I’m going batty. Literally.
I’m not sure if a standing workstation will be a long-term change for me or not. But I’m at least giving it a try.
I know this is not a new idea — but the research on the hazards of sitting for prolonged periods of time continues to mount. Just this week I read a piece in the Orange County Register that really hit home, not only about how much office workers sit — but the mentality that comes with seated work in many offices:
“The culture says if you’re a good worker, you’re chained to your desk the entire day. If you get lunch, you order it in and you eat in front of your computer.”
I’ve also considered purchasing an exercise ball for a chair, however, most research I have read so far points toward standing or walking at on a treadmill while working — to be the best option. I find this all to be an interesting predicament because I have held a number of jobs with a range of activity, the best “activity-wise” probably being when I was a grocery bagger.
Overall that job was a good mix for me (both standing and walking along with upper body movements) and probably the more close to the active jobs many people held decades ago, before the advent of the personal computer. Today many people find themselves graduating college and then sitting in a cubicle farm for eight or more hours per day.
I try my best to take walk breaks, restroom and water breaks and stretch — but often it is just not enough. Regardless of how I am spending my daytime, the other hiccup is my evenings. While I truly do not watch much TV (which seems to be cited as another sitting issue in studies), I will admit personal computer use at home is a similar “sitting” battle for me.
Those of you who have tried a standing desk — Do you still use it? Exercise ball?
Do the mounting sitting statistics concern you?