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Stand February 3, 2014

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

I write to you from a standing position. This is new.

I’ve always had neck problems. But lately, in my old age, over the last couple of years, I’ve had some back problems, namely some hypermobility, which means instability in my back and some spinal cracking not in the good way. In January I began to have a lot of hip pain, and then pain that referred down my leg (although not in a classic sciatica pattern). Even more recently, numbness and tingling has taken hold. So when my friend Joe posted a Lifehacker $22 solution for turning one’s desk into a standing desk with Ikea parts, I decided I should try it (with postage, $37).

Over the weekend Tim and I set it up. I am playing with keyboard height (via reams of paper).

I thought I would feel only excitement about it. This morning I feel rather intimidated by it.

Joe also bought a drafting chair for his setup so he can sit when he needs to. Because I spent about $750 on a decent chair three years ago, I’m not feeling very motivated to spend that kind of money again. I can easily move my laptop if I need to sit down. I’ll be working on making that arrangement a bit more friendly in my office.

But how long can I really stand during the course of the day? And will I be exchanging numb legs for numb feet?

I am a pacer, so maybe it won’t be so bad. In fact, I’ve been pacing throughout this post.

It looks kinda cool, though.



1. Mali - February 8, 2014

I’ll be interested to hear how this goes. I hate the fact I spend too much time sitting at my computer. Like I am now, and have been most of the afternoon. Time to stand for a while, I think …

2. Helen - February 8, 2014

I was listening to an interview with a Danish industrial designer (or something) now living in Toronto, who was talking about how everyone in Denmark has adjustable work stations (sitting —> standing, and vice versa) and how shocked she was that this was mostly unheard of in Canada.

Will you also be installing a treadmill to power your computer as you work?

3. indigobunting - February 8, 2014

End of week report: I love it. My back is feeling better. Don’t know how many confounding factors are involved, but I find that I get just as lost in whatever task is in front of me standing as I did sitting. (Or not, as the case may be.) Only a few days in, though. Stay tuned.

4. indigobunting - February 8, 2014

Oh, and no treadmill!

5. Eulalia Benejam Cobb - February 11, 2014

I’m so glad it’s working for you!

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