Over the weekend I built a $22 standing desk. I’ve wanted to try a standing desk for awhile. Part of this is due to the increasing frequency of stories about how sitting is the new smoking, and part of this is due to my fidgety nature.
Cost has always held me back. I didn’t want to drop $1000 on an experiment that may not be my cup of tea. I finally decided to take the plunge when I came across an interesting Ikea hack. Adding years to my life is worth $22 right?
I'm sharing this with because editors and other post production professionals tend to spend about as much time sitting as software developers. Towards the end of the post I have some thoughts on how well this setup would work for editing.
Over that last year or two, I’ve seen plenty headlines about standing desks and the health benefits of making the switch. The headlines intrigued me, but didn’t really motivate me to read up on the topic until my wife plunked down an article titled sitting is the new smoking, and it’s time to quit.
The framing of the article finally got me to read below the fold. Some of obvious effects of sitting too much include bad posture, tight leg muscles, a sore back and all sorts of other aches and pains. The attention grabbing perils of sitting all day include elevated risks of:
- Heart disease
- A number of different cancers
- An early death.
Further, research shows that that the negative effects of sitting can’t be countered with exercise. No amount of running and hitting the gym is going to dig you out of this hole.
If you want to read more about the health effects, check out Confirmed: He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest , or this great roundup from the wirecutter.