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How Do I Stand It?

By June 14, 2016 4 Comments

I courageously made the decision to convert my desk into a standing desk a mere two to three months ago. I had slowly watched a teammate or two at a time transition, and my will to remain seated wavered as they sprouted up around me.

Granted, my version of a standing desk is what others might call a bit perfunctory. Instead of going through the sweat-inducing, blood-pumping task of disassembling and rebuilding my desk from the ground up, I simply placed a turquoise wooden shelf on top of my desk, and set my computer and all its appendages on top of it.

In my venture, I concluded two things:

  1. My standing desk was straight-up cute.
  2. I’m never going to sit again.

The decision to convert my traditional desk to a modified standing took place at the end of the day on Friday, so I left for the evening without getting a chance to try it out. Smart move on my part, as I did not have to immediately come to terms with the consequences of my actions.

When I returned to my desk Monday morning, it was a happy little surprise to see my bright blue standing desk awaiting my willing and ready verticality. I stepped up to the bed I had made and started to type up some emails.

Here is what I learned in the first 45 minutes of standing:

  1. Surface Area is a precious commodity that is often overlooked.
  2. It’s crazy how your weight rests on only two small feet.
  3. I’m never going to stand again.

So how is it that here I am, at least two months later, still standing tall?

  1. Surround yourself with other standers. Standing becomes fun when there is a sense of camaraderie.
  2. Don’t just stand…dance. Breaking into spontaneous dance is so much easier when you start at a standing position. It’s also a natural mood lifter.
  3. Take breaks. Standing does not have to be all or nothing. Go to a demo room. Poach a chair off a teammate.
  4. Reward yourself. Have that cookie. You’re a stander. You’ve burned/earned it.
  5. Take notice of how much your posture has improved!
  6. Go to a concert and see how resilient you are to standing against the stage, front and center.

So if you are considering a standing desk, but are a natural sitter like myself, think of these tips and decide whether or not you are ready to make a stand.

Alex L. is a Customer Success Advocate who enjoys sunshine and bicep curls.


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