Just because you exercise doesn’t mean you can sit all day.
In fact, science is showing that low “non-exercise physical activity,” such as sitting at work, is linked to a high incidence of death from cardiovascular disease. However, breaking up prolonged sitting time with a walk every ninety minutes or so can offset that danger.
An easy way to reduce your risk of heart disease is to put together a standing desk.
The cheapest option is to find a large box and place it on your desk. I did this for over two years; but, in addition, to it being unsightly, I found it was not good for my wrists. (Extended time writing books and blogs, and editing videos and podcasts left me with wrist pain.)
But a box is better than nothing.
However, the Ergotron WorkFit station is worth considering.
This super sturdy (and beautiful) workstation allows you to raise and lower your laptop to your desired height. (Since I have both a MacBook and an iMac, I toggle back and forth between the two with this unit.)
Setup was very easy; it clamped right onto my desk.
I did find that prolonged writing and researching lead to my neck feeling awkward at times, so decided to mount my iMac to the wall at eye level.
It’s not easy to find a VESA mount for a flat panel device, but I dug around and found this website: www.imacmount.com
The arm that enables the iMac to swing is available at an Apple store, and installation is pretty easy (just two large screws into the framing), but you’ll need a stud finder to make sure you don’t hit just dry wall.
After I installed the mount, my wrists and neck felt much better, less strained. I have more energy during the day and less lower back pain.
As much as I love to travel, a big drawback is the sedentary activity that comes with travel (sitting on an airplane, riding in a taxi or train, or sitting at business meetings, etc.).
So I purchased this Stand Steady fold-up travel desk that I bring with me everywhere. It’s made out of aluminum, and it’s as sturdy as they come. I’ve edited a couple of interviews, podcasts, and written a few blogs while standing at this unit.
It’s available on Amazon.
Give it a shot and leave a comment if you decide to make one yourself!