WHY I CHOSE TO SWITCH TO A STANDING DESK

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If you follow me on Instagram (@megbiram) you might have noticed something odd in the images of my new studio … our desks are tall. Yep, we’ve got standing desks.

You may have never heard of it, or are newly aware of the trend. I think we are on the very forefront of a huge trend in changing up the workplace. After reading tons of articles about how terrible sitting is for you, and my husband talking to me about his experience switching to a standing desk at work — all I could think about while I was sitting all day every day, was how bad it was for me.

I wanted to switch to a standing desk, and I wanted to help further the movement of standing desks and healthy working environments — but in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. I had seen some standing desks here and there, and some people just jimmy-rigging their desks up with cement blocks, or using portable standing desks. While I’m a fan of making it work with what you have — I think the look and feel of my surroundings are too important to have an unsightly desk.

I was in the process of getting a new studio space and knew that was the perfect time to transition to a standing desk. Now I just had to talk the ladies who were planning to be a part of my Creative Collective studio space into standing desks as well. It surprisingly wasn’t as hard to talk them into it as I imagined. I sent them links to some articles, promised them barstools if they felt like sitting, and they were all in.

When you read things like:

Experts say most people simply aren’t running or walking or even just standing enough to counteract all the harm that can result from sitting eight or nine or 10 hours a day.

Sitting for an extended period of time causes your body to shut down at the metabolic level. When your muscles, especially certain leg muscles, are immobile, your circulation slows. So you use less of your blood sugar and you burn less fat, which increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

You tend to start thinking about how much you sit vs. stand and move every day.

 

Finding The Perfect Standing Desk

When searching for the perfect standing desk, I was coming up short. All of the actual standing desks were not aesthetically pleasing to me. They all looked so corporate. Anything that reminds me of dull office or cubicle is immediately not allowed in the studio. I wanted something cool and chic for my standing desk and I was coming to realize — it didn’t exist.

So I started looking at bar tables.

Lucky for me, exactly the desk I had manifested in my mind did exist in the form of a bar table. Once I found this glorious table it was settled. I partnered with AllModern.com to outfit our space with these chic high gloss white bar tables that we use as standing desks.

It’s been two months now that we’ve been in the space using our standing desks and I couldn’t be happier. I can definitely feel the difference in standing vs. sitting, and I love it. While I’m able-bodied, I will never go back to sitting all day. I do sit for lunch, or sometimes during meetings, or while I’m painting or sketching — but I stand for the majority of the day — for least six hours or more, five days a week.

If you want to read up on sitting vs. standing here are some great articles to read:

The Health Hazards of Sitting

Sitting is the New Smoking — Even for Runners

How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It

JustStand.org

 

Isn’t the Treadmill Desk Better?

With every trend, there’s a counter trend, skeptics, haters, etc. Now that standing desks have been a thing for a little while, there are a bunch of articles that talk about why standing all day isn’t good for you. Many say that walking or using the treadmill desk is better — well duh — but that’s even less doable for most people, and let’s be honest, have you ever seen a cool-looking treadmill? I didn’t think so. The articles I’ve read also say, it’s better to try to move as much as possible. Get up and move around if you sit all day. Again, duh. In my mind, that’s even good for people who are standing. No one is just going to stand still all day — I find myself shifting my weight, and moving around the studio all day. I also think I move more because I’m standing.

So for me, a standing desk is a huge win. I have more energy, I feel better, and I move more every day.

What do you think — could you ever switch to a standing desk? After reading some articles about the health aspect of it, does that change your mind?

 

Read 7 Ways to Be Happier and Healthier at Work — an article I wrote that was featured recently on Women’s Health!

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