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Use this simple trick to make a standing desk when you’re traveling



A friend of mine just texted me this picture of the DIY standing desk he’s using while traveling in England. It’s a simple but easy trick to make you’re life a little healthier when you’re on the road.

Posted March 29, 2013 @ 10:57 am | Tags:

Stan Lee used a standing desk back in the 1950s (picture)


Did you know that comic book legend Stan Lee always wrote on a standing desk? This is a picture of him in the 1950s banging out a comic book on his typewriter and homemade standing solution. The caption reads: “Always wrote standing up—good for the figure—and always faced the sun—good for the suntan!”

Stan knew long ago what people like university professor John D. Buckley are now finding out: that standing desks can give you more energy and help you lose weight. Stan also regularly walked up the stairs to his offices at Marvel instead of taking the elevator, something the 90 year old credits with keeping him in good health.

I use a standing desk and a treadmill desk and it’s helped me lose more than 65lbs. Excelsior!

(From Sean Howe, via Scott Edelman)

Posted February 14, 2013 @ 3:16 pm | Tags:

University professor reveals his ‘easy’ weight loss solution: standing

Dr John Buckley Standing Desk

Dr. John Buckley at the University of Chester has come up with a plan that he says will effortlessly let him lose weight this year, and he thinks anyone working in an office can do the same thing. “This is the perfect way for any office-bound worker to achieve the typical New Year’s resolution of wanting to lose half a stone [8 lbs] without changing anything else – how easy is that?” he said.

Buckley’s idea is one I’ve also been using and am a huge advocate of: spend part of your working day at a standing desk. I’m actually standing as I type this sentence, so I can vouch for how easy it is to work on your feet, and how much better it can make you feel.

I have a GeekDesk, but in Buckely’s case he’s using one of the university’s old oak lecterns as a standing work station:

Applying his knowledge of human physiology, Dr Buckley calculates that by working at this desk for three hours of his day will burn an extra 144 calories per day, compared to sitting at his desk and with no change to his job or leisure time activities.

In a year this will equate to more than 30,000 calories or eight pounds of human fat.

Buckley also walks up the stairs to his seventh floor office as often as possible. “It’s little changes in behaviour such as this, or standing at your desk, that can add up to make quite a big difference to your health.”

Posted January 14, 2013 @ 9:48 am | Tags:

Make gaming healthier by using a standing desk

Like many geeks out there, Kotaku writer and game player Kirk Hamilton found that working at a desk all day was making him sit a lot. In the year since he started as a full-time employee, he estimates that between working and playing games at home after work, he went from being pretty active to sitting 12 hours a day. Or more.

He also noticed that he was generally feeling worse and worse the more he sat. Then he started reading  articles like this one about how bad sitting all day is for your body, so he decided to try making a DIY standing desk to see if it that could help him out:

I started homemade; I took a shelf off the bookshelf in my kitchen and placed it on two coffee cans, upon which I placed my monitor. I put another piece of wood on top of two cardboard boxes, and put my keyboard on that. Before long, I had a desk at which I could stand and work.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that, yes, this was something I was interested in. After a couple of days working while standing up (only working, mind you – playing video games didn’t come until later), I already felt better, stronger, and healthier. My legs were sore (in a good way), my posture was good all day, and I felt more focused as I worked. I decided to invest in a standing desk.

It wasn’t long before he went from using a DIY standing desk to this Ergotron model (that’s it in the picture above) and added gaming into the equation . Not only did he find it was easy to do, he realized it actually made playing games better:

Saturday morning, I got up, logged on, and started playing. Standing. And it was great. A lot of times MMO-style PC games can make me tune out a bit after a while—it’s probably due to years of console controller usage, but I don’t always feel as engaged at the mouse and keyboard as I did when I was a kid. The moment I stood up, that went away entirely. I felt present and connected to the game in a way I hadn’t in a while, alert and easily able to manipulate the game to do my bidding.

Now he’s a total convert and suggests that other gamers and desk jockeys try a standing desk. And I agree. In fact, I’m writing this post at a standing desk, and of course I’ve also gone further by creating a treadmill desk too. So, weighthackers, if you like playing games, give standing a try. I think you’ll like it.

Posted August 9, 2012 @ 11:12 am | Tags: ,,

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