Get up stand up
Posted on 20 February 2015
"Get off your ass." – Science
Recently, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that sitting for long hours raises a wide variety of risks, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer. The frightening thing about the research is that even people who get the recommended amount of exercise each day after a long day of sitting are "16% more likely to die of any cause in a given time than those who do not sit for long." Some are going so far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.
Work is where 90% of sitting occurs. My own desk is a high table, so I've been naturally using a standing desk, but I had noticed that Kim spent a lot of time sitting at her computer and as more and more of this research began coming to light, I became concerned. I bought her a Veridesk (a height adjustable standing desk that sits on top of an existing desk) and it seems to be a fantastic solution.
Her large (and heavy) iMac sits on the Veridesk and the desk can be lifted and lowered with ease. While standing, she uses a foam pad without shoes on to alleviate fatigue on her legs. Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder made a video showing how the Veridesk works.
Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up, using the top of a refrigerator as a desk. Dickens wrote standing up, as did Hemingway. Once considered eccentrics for doing so, they were ahead of the curve.
Get on up.