It’s been about a month since I began using a sit-stand desk from Ergotron and the experience has been outstanding (pun entirely intended. The two most dramatic changes were also the most unexpected:
My focus and productivity have increased. I was extremely skeptical of this claim (more than half of people given the option to sit and stand while working reported increased productivity), but here I am. I suspect that there are all kinds of physiological consequences from using a sit-stand desk, but I am not qualified to make those statements. I can, however, guess that the subtle shifting and movements from standing keep me from “spacing out”. Most of the time I do not even notice that I am moving from one foot to the other or just shifting my weight when at the sit-stand desk, but it seems to be enough to keep me focused.
I am less tired. Particularly when I leave my office, I am less fatigued than if I had been “comfortably sitting” all day. Again, I cannot speak to why this is and I honestly cannot even begin to guess. It would seem logical that I am using more muscles while standing and therefore be more tired. Especially if working at a sit-stand desk burns an 337 extra calories a day (based on my weight, as estimated by the calculator on juststand.org, direct link).
So I guess that I have joined the ranks of the “standers”, despite my skepticism. Do you have any questions about my time using a sit-stand desk? Comments from your own experience? Please leave a comment and we will work them into the next in this series.