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Discussion on: Creating an Ergonomic Workspace

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Damien Cosset

Does working standing up always better than sitting down? I did a little standing desk with some shoeboxes some time ago to try it out. It was obviously awful but in the long term, is it worth investing in a good standing desk? Is it easier on your back? I'm not aware of what the science says on this.

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Greg Bodnar

My understanding is that always doing one thing is problematic. I have a low desk, only suitable for sitting, but I get up often and generally maintain an active lifestyle. When I'm doing activities that require standing more-or-less still, such as washing dishes, I find I lean to one side, which is poor posture as well. One of the people at work regularly changes the height of his desk. That's probably a good way to go. Get a standing desk that allows easy height adjustment.

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Kim Arnett  Author

As far as I know - standing desks help you burn more calories, which is why they're encouraged as an alternative to standing all day.

In my opinion and experience, I enjoyed it every now and then as a way to get away from my desk. As Ben mentioned above, some people enjoy changing their workspaces so their body isn't in the same position constantly. Experiment with it and find what works best for you. I've seen people use cheap Walmart/IKEA end tables on top of their desk to make a standing desk too. Obviously there's more expensive options, but unless you're using it full time probably doesn't make sense to invest in one.

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Marek Dabek

Better option is to differentiate between standing and sitting (with legs up). Pure standing speeds up vascular veins development.

Treadmill desks would be a nice option if the price was reasonable (can be workarounded with some DIY skills;).

Regarding standing desk, check the Kelly Starrett's book "Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World" - it gives nice overview of how to maintain your body.

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