“I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.”--William F. Buckley, Jr.
It's a newer trend many are seeing in the office. My boss even does it at my day job. She is super healthy and from what I can tell, it works. Standing at your office space is certainly a more ergonomic and better way to go through your day rather than sitting in an office chair and getting what so many of us know as "office butt". There are many ways to design and build your own custom standing desk at an easy and affordable cost. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune. This is most definitely one of the easier DIY projects to take on.
It doesn't matter what type of working space you have, you can create what you need. Just add the features you feel you need and be productive. Pick out some upcycled materials and start planning out your personal and creative design that you want to work at. Below you will find some awesome DIY ideas to improve your office life. You're going to love these, I promise.
OK, so no more sitting around on that duff of yours. Get up and build yourself a standing desk work space. After all, sitting all day is just plain not good for you. I know for me, with my Fibromyalgia, I ca hardly walk if I sit too long. I need the flexibility of sitting and standing. We could all use more exercise anyway, right? So stand, don't sit and burn more calories.
Did you know that when a person sits at their desk each morning, their calorie-burning rate drops to one calorie per minute. Imagine what that does to us when we work five days a week for eight to ten hours a day. Guess what happens to our body. You can only imagine. Muscles decrease. Our oxygen consumption drops, your blood sugar rises and you guessed it, you gain weight. Aren't we special like that? Kidding of course. So, the rump bump start inflating, we have a loss of bone mass and who knows, maybe we even get a higher cholesterol level.
Imagine what this does to a body after years of being in an office. You better bet health issues are going to start popping us as you get older. Did you know that sitting affects almost every part of your body from head to toe, raises your risk of death by nearly 50 percent, and creates a stunning 125 percent increase in the risk for cardiovascular disease. Can you say ewwwww?
It's kind of a catch twenty two. If you sit on your booty all day, you gain weight, become unhealthy and if you use the method of standing you risk having leg and feet issues. You can't have it all ya know. That truly was a joke. Like I share with you all so often, the answer is to find a healthy balance. Do both. You need to vary your position so you can rest your lower body and also burn calories.
Movement and Ergonomics
It's important to remember one thing if you choose to switch to standing part of your day. Remember, ergonomics. If you don't have your desk set to best fit your height and posture setting, you are going to be one sore soul. You need to be able to stand comfortably so you don't strain your body over and over. You might also benefit from using an anti-strain gel mat. Make sure your arms rest at a natural 90-degree angle, with your elbows close to the body and without twisting at the wrist.
A new standing desk can set you back alot. They can be pricey. You can however, dive into a DIY project for much less. I've got some sample ideas below that are very cost effective that work just fine. One of the designs below costs less than $25.
The Best DIY Standing Desk Ideas
If you need to save space, check out the ideas below using the folding table and the bookcase. You can do this without using up tons of space. I personally love the idea of the cabinet because you can make it more adjustable. If you wanted to be really creative, you can add in a keyboard tray. Get creative Try building a standing desk with crates, shelving units or other table scrap items.
There are more ideas below, check them out:
DIY Sit-Stand and Treadmill Desks
Need some ideas for how to build a sit/stand desk? Use pipes and kee clamps to pop together a base platform. Drop on the desktop and you got it going on. Have fun with it. Otherwise, it becomes a job and chore. We all have enough of that, right? If you are really ambitious, take a treadmill and add a desktop with wood shelf plank. Pop two U-bolts on and bolt a laptop stand to the desk. Now, what are you waiting for? Get walking, talking and working. You are amazing.
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BIO: Irish Carter is a "Fibro Warrior", Wellness Specialist and Development Coach who owns Dedicated 2 Life. Her mission is to help others Rock Wellness and be the best they can be in both their personal and professional lives. Besides being a Coach in Personal and Professional Development, she is a proud mom, a serial entrepreneur, author of 2 books and several publications, as well as a motivational speaker. Irish has over twenty years' experience assisting in Wellness and Development topics and holds degrees in both Social Work and Human Services. She is available for private consulting and public speaking events worldwide.