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2018/05/14 09:04:15 (permalink)
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Standing Desks ?

Does anyone have any experience with these? I am currently nursing a bad back yet again and im sure its entirely caused by spending up to 18 hours a day sat in my office chair. 

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 09:14:52 (permalink)
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    Yep, mine was a lot better when I went through a phase of not having to be at my desk so much. Now I am putting in long hours again then the problems have started up again.  Very interested myself in a standing desk. I saw one of those motorised ones so you could alternative (you are going to have to be seriously careful with your cabling doing this LOL) - it looked great but the price was pretty hefty.
     
    As an aside - it made me laugh when I saw a comment from someone who thought they were being clever by pointing out that, "why have a desk that moves up and down when your chair already does that". Yep, you didn't think that through.
     
    Anyway, I would also love to hear from anyone that is currently using one or has at least tried it.
     
     
     

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 10:56:23 (permalink)
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    I'm also thinking of getting one.  My hip mobility is terrible due to cycling and sitting for hours...

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 11:54:39 (permalink)
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    Another alternative is sitting on an exercise ball rather than in a chair. 
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 12:39:12 (permalink)
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    Right so we’re all fcked together brilliant. Come on MT faithful help us out.

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 12:41:04 (permalink)
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    Have tried this before it’s actually quite good but I still need a new desk as my balls quite low. This tends to shift the problem from my back to my neck.

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 12:47:38 (permalink)
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    Yeah I've got one but I built it myself. It's much better for my back but I don't spend anywhere near the amount of time some of you guys do at a desk so I can't say what it would be like to have to use one for 15 hours plus a day. Standing is more tiring that sitting and after a while you do find yourself leaning on the desk a lot to maintain your balance and to be more comfortable so it's not a perfect solution for long term use. It has properly sorted out my back issues though. 
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 13:01:34 (permalink)
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    I have been using one for just over a year now - I personally love it!

    My left knee doesn't like being bent for any period of time, so standing is a godsend - I also get far fewer lower back issues and my hip flexors are no longer chronically tight.
     
    I'm at mine for 8 hours a day and only sit to each lunch - I hate having to sit down to work now (meetings etc).
     
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 13:51:03 (permalink)
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    Interesting hearing a few responses. I have been 'promoted' at work, gone from spending 50% of my day at the desk, now spending a good 80-90% of my day here. 
     
    I have already started getting what I can only explain as a stiff back and feeling the need to crack it often.
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 14:39:41 (permalink)
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    Another alternative is sitting on an exercise ball rather than in a chair. 

    I've thought about trying this, but not sure what to do with the ball when not in use.
     
    I've got myself some hip bands, which I place around my knees or ankles and do a sort of sitting abductor/glute activation thing.
     
    I try to work from home more often these days, and when doing so I keep a speed rope at hand a do a few sets of single unders (can't do doubles for the life of me) every 30 minutes or so.

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/14 17:56:32 (permalink)
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    I'm sure if you keep good posture it would beat sitting for a long time. I've gone from office based to PTing again so on the move all the time which suits me. When I was office based I used to make sure I never sat for longer than 30-40 minutes always getting up to go for a drink, toilet or just to stretch my legs. Good for the mind and also body. Other than a stand up desk those Japanese stools are meant to be quite good as they ensure you keep correct posture whilst "sitting".
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/15 06:18:28 (permalink)
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    This is directly from something I posted on my professional instagram account.

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    To answer the question. I definately recommend standing desks as a way of varying your postures.

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/15 13:25:46 (permalink)
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    They fitted out my office with motorised desks across the board.
     
    They aren't bad, but I stand probably 1% of my entire time.  I had a neck issue at one point (unrelated) and did use the standing option then, but I found it really draining and only managed a max of about 30 mins before desiring the chair again.
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/15 15:18:56 (permalink)
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    A couple of people have them in my office, they only seem to use the standing function a small percentage of the time

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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/15 15:45:54 (permalink)
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    I do 12 hour shifts and am at my desk 99% of the time. It is the motorized version. I also have a herniated disc in my back and constantly dealing with sciatic issues.
     
    In short a standing desk has helped massively. I did find I was getting some shoulder issues using the mouse from a standing position though as the desk on max setting is still about 3 inched below my elbows lol. But a little adjustment to how I position my arms has also helped that.
     
    Others are right though you will tire easier and might start slouching or leaning against the desk. I tend to stand the first six hours, have lunch away from my desk and then adjust to a seated position for the remainder. If the back is quite sore though I have been known to stand all night.
     
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    Re: Standing Desks ? 2018/05/15 19:15:21 (permalink)
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    No but I find foam rolling after work helps.
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