My new dare? Standing!
Yes, standing up to work.
And, just when I finally jump on the bandwagon and start using a standing desk, some studies say it’s not significantly better for your health.
I don’t know about that. I feel healthier already after just two weeks of standing. You ever used one of these things?
I was inspired by my consulting friends at Vynamic, dedicated to being the healthiest company in the world. They don’t email during the weekends. They believe in supporting mental and physical fitness of their employees, work/life balance, and play, and they all have the option of working at standing desks.
This is on their wall…
Life is short. Work healthy.
I was inspired. I was dared.
I went back to work and wandered into my IT office at Temple University and noticed a standing desk on wheels.
“What’s up with that?” I asked.
“Oh, you like it?” My favorite IT guy responded. “We have one sitting in the closet. Most people use it for two days and give it back.”
“Really? Yes, I want the rolling standing desk please.”
I rolled it right into my office.
The thing is, I worked as a reporter for 40 years which meant I was rarely sitting at a desk for very long. Reporting is running. You are literally chasing a story every day. You knock on doors, you run down halls, you jump in and out of Live trucks.
All that changed 3 years ago. I actually have an office and I’ve noticed, I’ve gotten used to sitting most of the day. I’ve also noticed my middle is getting pudgier and my back is bugging me. Nooooooooo!
Well, I must say, my back has been feeling so much better since I started standing.
It may sound nuts but I feel like I’m conducting (like an orchestra) when I’m standing at my desk. It’s active. I’m in charge. I’m standing.
It’s not been without issues. My desk easily goes up and down and I forget sometimes everything on it goes up and down too. My phone fell off my desk and I poured a cup of coffee on my iPad keyboard. Oops.
The new studies say standing doesn’t replace active exercise or hours in front of the television. And too much standing could be detrimental to some people.
But, I don’t think I’m one of those people.
So my standing experiment will continue.
I hope my middle gets less pudgy, my back is happier and my brain will work better because I’m not sitting on my ass so much.
We’ll see. Stay tuned.