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How people work and are comfortable at work at it is a personal decision. Personally, I split my time:
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The standup desk
My daily routine has consisted of standing for a few hours, walking for around 400 calories on the treadmill desk and then sitting for the remainder of the time. Below are my thoughts on this new way of working, originally written earlier but updated as necessary here.
I didn’t know, of course, how hard or easy standing in the office would be. I had heard that sitting all day was similar to smoking – the new smoking as some said.
I was excited when the desk – a Varidesk – arrived. The setup was easy. Basically you pull it out of the box, place it on your desk and that’s it. Setup complete. Place your monitor or monitors on top and make sure cables are long enough that you can lift the desk to its standing position.
Ease of use
Once it’s set up, the lifting or lowering takes about 3 seconds. Very easy. Now it was time to decide: Do I want to stand or sit and how do I decide when to switch?
I decided to start standing. I got used to the new standup desk – but not that quickly. I stood and stood and stood and stood – all day. I went home and was sore. Could I do this every day? Why did I put some lofty requirement on myself anyways?
I tried again the next day. I even went on a six-mile run that evening. My body was definitely hurting. But I knew of the health benefits, it actually helps me be more alert during the day and standing added around 300 more calories per day.
I started to like standing and stood most of the day. Some tasks are easy while standing:
- Video Editing
- Talking on the phone – I actually like walking around while on the phone.
Some tasks that I don’t like to do standing up:
- Eating lunch
- Reading and editing copy
Since I got the new gaming chair I also like to sit just because it’s very comfortable and I can adjust the settings super easily.
It’s really a mix of all these different strategies to be comfortable at work. Sometimes, when I’m out of the office for a few days and have attended meetings where I’ve sat most of those days, I’m looking forward to my standup desk.
Clearly, you don’t have to stand all day or even most of the day. These standup desks are designed to make the transition quick and painless. You might start standing 10 or 15 minutes for each 45-60 minutes of sitting and go from there.
Treadmill desks are another new way to work. I started using one in late October 2014 while at MedTouch. I tried to hop on it at least once a day.
It’s been a great addition to my day in the office. I move from standing to walking back to standing.
I try to go on the treadmill desk for at least 60 minutes per day. Not necessarily in one session, but at the least I try to go 30 minutes twice throughout the day.
I go at 2 mph which is a decent speed to be on calls without being too much out of breath and it’s even possible to type. But it does take some practice. The first time I tried to type while walking I wasn’t very successful. It probably didn’t help that I tried to go 3 mph. Heck, I walk at 4 mph in the gym and run at around 6.5-8 mph. I had to remember that this wasn’t the gym!
Using the mouse can be a little trickier even at 2 mph, but works for many tasks
Burning off more calories, of course, is great because it allows me to eat a little more that day. It also makes me feel great. And finally it makes me feel coordinated: Typing, walking and talking at the same time sounds like an accomplishment. Good thing I don’t chew gum.
I currently use an office treadmill at home. It’s easily pushed underneath my stand up desk and helps me maximize space.
I sometimes have a tendency to stand too long or to sit too long. Wherever I start the day is where I spent majority of my day. But having a good mix of standing, sitting and walking really helps me be more productive and even more collaborative. It has been the key for me to be comfortable at work.