So I have ascended in the developer world, I now am at the peak of evolution and posture while I look down on my fellow colleagues and chuckle in superiority as I have risen above them.
Jokes aside, I wanted to write a few articles on lifestyle in dev and this year. I decided to change things up a bit on top of being more healthy. So I decided to get a standing desk. To be more specific I got this one off of Amazon for work.
So on top of ensuring that I get enough exercise, eat correctly and consume that sweet coffee and H2O. I felt like I would catch myself slouching, like most do in our industry, and I wanted to correct my posture when behind the screen.
All of this to ensure when I am old and decrepit I don't have a problem reaching the top shelf to get a cookie.
So to sum up how I go about it:
1) Start the day and stand for 1-2h
2) Sit for 2h
3) Stand for another 1-2h
4) Sit for 2h
It is important not to just stand all day as well as just sit all day. Find your happy medium. General rule is for every 2h stand 1h.
Lets say your legs feel it. Well at least mine do, when I am reaching that 2h mark of standing you do feel it. However it's not in a bad way. I can feel my core activated, I can feel myself standing straight and I feel my posture improved.
Then because I am sitting for shorter intervals it is easier for me to ensure during my sitting process that my posture does not suffer there either!
So besides your legs dreading standing after doing legs at the gym there is only one downside I have experienced. This is that it does become a little more of a challenge to focus (at least for me). When I say focus I don't mean that I don't code any less efficiently. I mean in the sense that you may take some adjusting to getting used to typing while standing up. Your keyboard is somewhere weird, screens are not where they used to be.
However after about a week or 2 of this I have managed to get used to it all and work with it.
Some of these you may not even get and could just be me, I just noticed these.
1) Avoid standing or putting weight onto a single leg. Sometimes you will have the desire to swap and position yourself strangely.
2) Always stand with your legs a body width apart. This allows for even distribution
3) Activate your butt when standing (as a result this will activate your core and will help stengthen these areas)
4) Avoid having your screens too above or below your eyesight or your neck will suffer.
So there are a few articles on health when working behind a screen all day. This is for good reason as it does affect your quite a lot both in and out of work. The benefits will help you not only feel better but it has also helped me in places like the gym to ensure I have good posture all the time.
Is it for everyone? No probably not. However hopefully this article has given you a bit of insight if you have been on the wall about grabbing one.
Ill also say this. My desk feels like an airplane cockpit and that is pretty cool.