For a long time I’ve been having trouble with my neck and shoulders. Massage therapy and regular visits to my chiropractor have helped, but still I ache. Some of this is old age, but I’m not one to take challenges laying down, so I set out to find a way to put less stress on my body.
A few years back, I paid out of pocket to have an ergonomic evaluation done of my home office, It was very enlightening. She made several recommendations. I immediately purchased a keyboard tray that adjusted up and down as well as in and out. That helped one problem, but aggravated another. Due to my lack of vision and the fact that my left eye is dominant, I still hold myself awkwardly at the keyboard, I lean forward to see my monitor (even with a lower resolution and bigger fonts. It’s an unconscious bad habit that is taking a serious toll on my body. In the September, desperate for some relief, I decided to test out a standing desk. I’d heard about them and read some interesting articles that talked about how standing more can reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Not wanting to invest tons of money in a untested theory, I created my own standing desk environment out of items laying around the house. Utilizing a box to an old printer, a stool, boards that my daughter broke at karate and binder. I constructed what I lovingly refer to as the redneck’s standing desk. The setup allowed me to get the monitors up to eye height, raise up the mouse and slant the keyboard in a wrist friendly way. A week into the experiment, I did invest in an anti-fatigue floor mat to make standing less stressful on my feet, knees and hips.
I told myself I’d give it a month. Two months later the set up remains and I’ve decided I like it. There are times when I’d like the flexibility of being able to sit down, but overall, I’m more comfortable standing.Occasionally I catch myself twisting in awful positions as I try to read something on the screen, but that happens less frequently and I think I catch bad posture earlier. Standing also causes me to move more.
My next purchase will be a wall mount for my iMac. It’s hard because I have a 27 inch screen and it weighs a ton, but having a wall moutn would allow me to lower the monitor (an return the keyboard to it’s old adjustable tray so I could sit when I needed to. A wall mount for an iMac isn’t easy to find, and they aren’t inexpensive, but I think it will be worth it in the end.
Have you tried a standing desk? What is your experience?