Stand up desks have become quite the rage these days. There are even treadmill desk to promote exercise while you are working. It just seems to dangerous for me personally. However, I love my stand up desk.
I constructed my first stand up desk about two years ago. Over time it has migrated into a combo stand up/sit down system that I am currently using. Still, I like to spend most of my afternoons standing up because it just simply makes me more productive. I really encourage you to give it a try. You can purchase a stand up desk or you can make your own stand up desk like I did in order to try it out first.
4 Reasons Why I Love My Stand Up Desk [Podcast]
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In this podcast, I explore 4 reasons why you should consider getting a stand up desk. Experts say that the average American spends over 60% of his day sitting down. This can do a number on our health, our energy and our creativity.
If you have ever considered having a stand up desk, then listen in for some additional reasons. I also mention the 30 Day Get Productive Challenge. You can get started by clicking here.
Here is a brief summary of what we discuss in the podcast:
1. Stand up desks are great from your overall health – Over two years ago, my chiropractor recommended that I think about a stand up desk. I was having low back pain at the time. He mentioned that he sees low back pain a lot with those who work behind a computer for most of their day. Low back pain can come from tight hamstring muscles, which shorten and tighten when we are in a seated position.
In the book Is Your Chair Killing You?, the author discusses the probable reasons to a rise in obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses from too much sitting. It is something to think about.
2. Stand up desks can help you overcome the afternoon blues – There is no question that my energy can have a tendency to drop in the afternoons. Because of this we have to strategically set ourselves up for success. A stand up desk helps me to be more productive in the afternoons.
3. Stand up desks can inspire your creativity – As you have probably heard it said before, “your emotion follows your motion.” Sitting for long periods of time can leave you in a slouched, lazy position. When you stand up and move around you give your creativity a chance. This is vital for those of you who are artists and entrepreneurs.
4. Stand up desks can boost your energy when you are creating – I always stand up when I am recording podcasts, webinars, coaching clients via Skype, etc. It helps my energy level to peak, have inflection in my voice, and be totally absorbed in the moment.
Questions: Have you tried a stand up desk? What were the advantages and disadvantages for you?