The Benefits of the Stand-up Desk
I’ve been in and out of a stand-up desk as I’ve changed offices or moved, but I’ve been an advocate for a long-time. Many people I know use one, including
- my former mentor when I was at MIT
- my financial manager
- Kevin Meyer of Superfactory, who’s be a very strong advocate
I’ve been through several solutions, including a stack of books propping up my laptop on a window well and a cheap stand-up desk in my Michigan office at the Lean Learning Center. I’ve finally gotten my permanent Pennsylvania office solution in place, pictured here.
You won’t find this one any store; it was a gift from my parents and was fabricated from my great-grandfather’s refurbished old toolbox. I’ve paired that up with a large screen so I’m never straining my eyes or bending my neck, a Cricket laptop stand, and an ergo mat to make it easier on my bad knees [see affiliate links at the bottom of this post]. But even if you can’t have mine, I am a strong advocate of getting one for yourself. Here are the benefits I’ve found for myself:
- Less back pain
- Improved focus
- More energy
- More mobile
There are several posts out there summarizing the benefits, so if you’re interested in more, I suggest you check some of them out:
- The Benefits of a Stand-Up Desk
- Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Stand-Up Desk (from a vendor)
- The Stand Up Desk
- The Many Benefits of Standing at Your Desk (from Harvard)
- Try a Stand-Up Desk at Work
- Are Standing Desks Healthier than Sitting?
Have any of you gone this direction? How have you found the experience?