Adventures with a do-it-yourself standing desk

Adventures with a homemade standing desk

I, Dan Cooper, am at present going to evaluate some cardboard bins. Not Google Cardboard, nor Luckies’ Cardboard Smartphone Projector (which is coming in a couple of weeks), however some trustworthy-to-goodness cardboard. Extra exactly, the field for my Nintendo Wii + Wii Match starter pack, the packaging for a Dyson DC19 T2 Unique and an Picture Enterprise 5-ream printer-paper field. I ought to add that I have never been paid by any of the above corporations, and every one got here with the implement it was bought with — oh, apart from the paper field, which my spouse introduced residence from her workplace someday.

As I’ve grown fitter (and happier), I’ve additionally discovered that the most important disadvantage to my continued weight reduction is that I sit for round 12 hours every day. That is not a very wholesome strategy, and I’ve began to develop some critical decrease-again points — not an unusual grievance amongst Engadget editors. One in every of my colleagues recommended that I take up Yoga, however I lacked the endurance or acrobatic means to take a seat with my legs up a wall for half-hour at a time. Then I learn Brett Terpstra’s account of how his standing treadmill desk had modified his life, and after studying up on the advantages of them, determined to conduct a bit experiment.

After sourcing the packing containers from the attic, I propped up my screens, keyboard and mouse onto the packing containers, including some books for additional peak the place vital. It was my means of understanding if an adjustable-peak desk would work for me, and if it is one thing that I might contemplate investing in sooner or later down the street. In any case, standing adjustable-peak desks both require a fantastic information of DIY (there are hundreds on IkeaHackers) or an honest chunk of cash (particularly within the UK, the place some will set you again £1,000), and I did not need to splash out with out figuring out if it was for me.

The primary week had the good thing about being probably the most painful in current reminiscence, and each night time I retired to mattress exhausted and with legs that ached as if I might run a marathon. Regardless of the quite a few guarantees of “vastly elevated productiveness,” these preliminary weeks noticed my output collapse. I used to be testy, pained and always distracted. The second week, nevertheless, issues began to select up, however my willpower was near breaking at a number of factors. By week three and past, the ache had gone, and I am positive there is a new indentation on each calf muscle mass, which I am hoping is an indication of progress. Six weeks later and my monthlong experiment exhibits no indicators of ending. In truth, the one factor that I am fearful about is the sturdiness of the cardboard, which I hope will final so long as I want it to.

A part of the method has been studying how one can handle your self whereas at a standing desk, which has modified over time. For example, I might initially stand by way of from 8AM till 6PM, however now I attempt to take a 30-minute break to take a seat and eat lunch, which provides me the stamina to energy via. I’ve additionally taken to shifting from one foot to the opposite virtually always, and if one leg begins to harm a bit an excessive amount of, I give it a ten-minute relaxation by tucking it up underneath me and standing on one leg. Like a flamingo. Sure, I am additionally glad I work at home.

I am conscious that the subsequent factor that I have to spend money on is a tender rubber mat, which is designed to scale back leg fatigue that is one way or the other generated when standing on a tough floor. I am doubtful as to how particularly this concern happens and why it requires an costly accent imported from the US, however it’s one thing I am going to maintain researching. One factor plenty of the web advised me was that a standing desk went hand-in-hand with weight reduction. I do not assume I’ve seen any notable distinction in my weight, however perhaps that’ll take a bit longer to realize. I am unsure if there’s been any tangible well being profit general, however because it’s virtually utterly resolved the problems with my again, I am going to maintain going.

In reality, at this level, it is a nailed-on certainty that I’ll spend money on an adjustable-peak desk when the cardboard right here begins to wither and bend. I doubt I am going to have the money to attempt a treadmill desk, however by no means say by no means. What I’ll ask is that if any of you within the UK have any expertise with a standing desk that’ll take a desktop twin-monitor setup and the heavy-handed typing of this 90kg lump, I might be completely happy to listen to your suggestions.

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