Me, you, and even that neighbor across the street who decided to mow their lawn on a Sunday evening when you’re trying to catch Netflix (What a monster!).
Together as a species we share instinctual habits geared towards survival. What happened back in the day when a lion came out of nowhere, gleaming white teeth bared and pooling saliva at the site of our soft-bellied ancestors?
We booked it straight outta there. And, oh boy! Did we run!
We fought back. We were active, physical machines well oiled for survival against the harshest of elements and most dire situations. We are built to endure and chase down food for miles and days at a time.
We share actions, deep emotions, cravings and so much more. We evolved together.
With that thought in mind – when did we start to devolve? What happened? Why did we go ‘against the grain’ but not in a good way?
Here is what I mean.
In order to survive, an organism, a system – must be able to handle stress from the outside, and in many cases from the inside as well. We become too hot, we perspire and such an act allows for the cooling of our jets.
We get too cold, we shiver and the tiny hairs we own stand erect all around the surface of our bodies. We warm up.
You become scared, anxious, nervous, or upset – what happens? Our pupils start to move, our heart rates kick it into high gear (maybe it’s doing that right now), and we express an emotion or attempt to remove ourselves from a situation.
So – where do prolonged moments of sitting fit into the equation? And this is not to take away from meditation or moments of mindfulness – everything has its place.
But why agree to sit?
A large portion of our day involves sitting down. Being motionless with minds racing all up and down the to-do list. For those of us that manage to make it to the gym on a routine basis – hats off to you and to the weekend warriors! But the majority wakes up to rush into their cars, trains, busses, Ubers, and ride to work. Traveling takes a good chunk out of our days even before the workday has started.
While at work, many of us have to sit at desks to plow through assignments, send emails rather than walk over to our neighbor in order to deliver a message, and never have a moment to stretch our legs. If and when we manage to hose down some lunch – we are probably – yes you guessed it! Sitting down.
Maybe it’s how our culture evolved and influenced our present day situation, or we really just can’t make it to the gym because life happens and we are behind on work that never ends. There is a laundry list of reasons why we are forced to sit down, stay still, and work the day away.
If you stuck it out this far – there is hope and a light at the end of the old proverbial tunnel coming your way with haste.
You might be thinking – “How new and innovative!” but surprise, surprise, they have been around for a long time!
Some casual research will show you that old inventories of furniture dated back to the 19th century actually included stand-up desks. One of the THE greats – Thomas Jefferson was known to use a standing desk. And guess what? It was adjustable with six legs with enough real-estate to place a folio. Prime Ministers of Prussia and the notorious Winston Churchill utilized standing desks for a variety of reasons such as laying out galley proofs or business proposals.
Dickens? Standing desk user.
Hemmingway? Yep. Standing desk user.
Let’s fast forward a bit to today.
It’s a competitive market out there so it should come as no surprise that a blossoming of various standing desks has emerged in recent years. Each desk and inherently, each company compete in various categories of quality, efficiency, and convenience (as well as many others). The standing desk is made to be ergonomic, adjustable, aesthetic, ready-to-assemble, stable, speedy in the height adjustment arena, have a minimal noise level, useful surface area, reliable lift capacity, and overall quality value and material.
The list of companies is vast however it’s important to familiarize you with a few of the most commonly used such as VARIDESK, Stand Steady, VIVO, SDADI, Executive Office Solutions, Fitueyes, Z-Line Designs, FDW, The House Of Trade, and many more!
Costs range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand depending on the requirements of the job and user needs.
If you find that standing desks are intriguing, allow us to mention some of the health benefits.
Research gathered over years has shown consistently that sitting down, being dormant, and sedentary for extended periods of time is detrimental – severely detrimental towards our heart health, our digestive system, and our emotional states.
With standing desks, you are able to remain elevated while giving your blood vessels a chance to fight gravity all the while burning more calories.
It’s simply healthier.
Now there may be issues with joint pain, pooling of blood, and a multitude of other calamities and of course those should and NEED to be taken into consideration before switching lifestyles – always consult a physician first. Everything should be done gradually and in small doses. Which is where the standing desk features are rightly equipped. Spend some time on the hour standing and doing work, adjust the settings and sit back down, take a break.
You deserve it.
Standing desk use should be done routinely, never prolonged, and like walking, done effortlessly. Studies have shown that there is an optimal amount of time to spend erect and a certain amount of time that may be detrimental so as stated before, consult your physician and make sure everything is ‘good to go’.
As far as company workplace environments, standing desks allow for a sense of camaraderie and overall feeling of wellness. Healthier employees means less time spent absent from work, more time spent productive, and most importantly, happier colleagues!
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