I don’t like sitting all day, so I’ve been searching for a place around the house where I can have an office to stand, but everywhere I go I have to hunch over and then I end up sore for all the wrong reasons.
Have I mentioned I love my new kitchen? Especially the new island counter top where I have set up shop to do all my work. Being able to stand has given me better posture and helps me realize how long I’ve been stationary.
Except of course when you’re working and the cat jumps up and lies down on all of your work….
Both my sister and her fiancée requested standing desks at work and love them. In order to avoid any back pain, make sure the computer is at a good elevation where you’re reading. Every so often, I like to include a few squats or calf raises to mix things up and get my blood pumping.
Another big suggestion, especially for those who have to work at a sitting desk, get up and move whenever possible. Force yourself to do this until it becomes a part of your routine that you don’t even have to think about it. I’ve worked a couple of jobs, some more stationary than others, and I’ve been able to find random spaces to stand when sitting became too much.
When I was teaching, I was standing the entire time, which is a very good thing and didn’t make me feel too guilty about going home and sitting at night, though of course this was also after a nice long workout.
Your daily exercise is important, but it’s also important to be moving your whole body throughout the day. Take little walks and get in as many steps as possible. Don’t let the convenience of technology prevent you from being active. Our bodies were meant to move and the effects of not moving have been worsening.
I’ve noticed in schools that teachers have been trying to find ways to get students up more often during class, though I think they definitely have more energy to expend! Healthy bodies are meant to explore and do physical work. I honestly think that if we were as active as they were however long ago, we wouldn’t even need the gym. Alas, we are in these times, so the gym is crucial to health. Just find exercises that incorporate natural movements, like running, swimming, hiking, and strength moves, both body and free weights that don’t rely on machines.
When I was out for brunch today with my friends Andrea and Lauren, we were looking for something to do after. I’ve realized more and more that it’s difficult to do something that’s not centered around eating. Believe me, I love food and eating, both for fuel and for enjoyment, but fun life moments can be enjoyed without it. We ended up walking around a flee market in the square even though it was hot, hot, hot! (I want fall!)
When wanting to be entertained, we are all about consumption. We want to see and receive immediate gratification, but we do far less. That is partly why I had so much fun in New Hampshire this summer because we were up and moving, exploring nature, and being involved in these experiences, rather than just watching and absorbing.
Sometimes, just having the ability to stroll down the street is an extraordinary feat because you learn so much about the world around you. Maybe this sounds cliche or obvious, but in this world, we were given bodies for a reason, and I truly believe it has a lot to do with finding adventures, both physically and mentally. Enjoy the stationary moments, but don’t forget about being involved yourself.
Edit: As my friend Nouha commented on my Facebook, she likes to stand and walk around while she studies because it helps her focus better. Standing is definitely harder than sitting, but it keeps you more alert and aware of what you are doing. Putting in that effort helps to concentrate rather than allows you to zone out into mindless activities, such as my biggest weaknesses, Twitter and Tumblr. I’m more apt to focus on work than browse if I’m standing and realizing it’s a working time.
If anything, give it a try! You may feel mentally exhausted after a long day at work, but being physically exhausted helps you sleep better at night, which lends to improved over all healthy! Convenience does not always mean better!