Too much sitting, too many hours looking at a computer screen. As many of you know there can be serious health side effects to excessive sitting. That’s why I decided to invest in a standing desk for my home office. Being a computer programmer I spend the majority of my day at a computer writing code and for the past ten years I’ve spent a good 8 hours a day sitting in my office chair. I get to the point in my day where I’m sick of sitting and I really need to stand up. Funny to say but sitting my can tiring. I’ve been looking at standing desks for a while now, something that would allow me to move from a seated position to standing whenever I felt like it.
Sit stand desks aren’t cheap but if you look around you can find some decent prices, being in Canada my options for purchasing a standing desk were limiting. I settled on a Canadian company called Rocky Mountain Desks. There are very choices if you want to buy your desk from a Canadian company and even fewer choices if you want the frame only. I guess you can run down to your local office supply store and purchase one but then your paying easily over a $1000 for one of theses desk and my budget was under $800. To save money I decided to go for a manual crank sit/stand desk, this type of desk frame save me a couple hundred dollars vs the electric models. When you want to move from sitting to standing it takes probably 30-45 seconds to crank the desk tot he height you want. It would certainly be nice to have the convenience of the electric desks but the manual crank does the job.
I’ve been using this desk for about 6 months now, I decided to give it some serious use before writing my opinions on the new standing desk craze. I don’t use an Anti-Fatigue Mat with my desk as you can see in the image. I’m not sure if that would help or not so I cant really comment. It did take some time to get used to standing for long periods. You have work to maintain your posture and it gets tiring standing after a while. I also find that I need to stretch my legs regularly. After 6 months of using the desk I’ve gotten used to standing for long periods, most days I spend 6 out of 8 hours standing now. I take a few breaks and sit a couple time during the day. I would highly recommend these desks to anyone looking for an alternative to sitting all day. I’ve lost weight and I feel so much better working at a standing desk. I don’t think I could ever go back to sitting all day, try standing desk and see what you think.