It’s here! It’s here!
I finally got my Ergotron Sit-Stand workstation put together over the weekend so it was ready and waiting for me when I came in to work this morning. And when I say I put it together, what I really mean is, I watched my husband put it together for me. He had to use a very loud saw to cut a square out of the metal from the back of my desk so he could clamp the arm down, and then he put the rest of it together while I did useful things like spill water all over my desk and knock screws off on to the floor. But eventually, Ricky and Lucy got the thing together and I LOVE IT. I’ve never been so excited to just stand before.
But hey, guess what? Standing is hard, yo! I knew I’d have to get used to standing and it would take some transitioning but I didn’t realize how hard it is to just…stand. I’ve been shifting back and forth and swaying and yes I’ll admit it: I’ve done a little dancing as well as I’ve typed up this post, but the urge to sit is great with this one. I’m wondering if I need to get some sort of cushioned pad to stand on since right now I’m standing on hard ceramic tile. I’m wearing my Orthaheel flip flops, so I have some good arch/foot support, but I can tell I’m going to need more. Guess I’ll just have to go shoe shopping – that really hurts my feelings <sarcasm font>.
Remind me in a couple of weeks to do an update on how it’s going with the work station. So far I’ve been standing for an hour and 40 minutes – anyone wanna take bets on when I have to finally sit down? I’m going to try and stand until lunch (I go to lunch in an hour and a half, so it’s not that much longer really) and then we’ll see how it goes this afternoon. I might alternate standing and sitting every hour until I can get used to standing all day.
I have a friend who recently got a workstation like mine and she said the biggest change she noticed was the she felt more mental clarity throughout the day and she didn’t get that mid afternoon slump anymore, which is right in line with some of the research (ie reading reviews) I’ve been doing lately. I’ll take a little more mental clarity any day!!
I know there are a lot of physical benefits to not sitting, and I can already tell that I’m engaging my quads more as well as my abs AND I just tried it out and YES I CAN DO SQUATS AT MY DESK NOW!! Jeez I’m going to be so shredded and ripped and muscle-y you won’t even be able to handle me. Okay, maybe not, but surely I’ll reap whatever benefits there are to not sitting for 8 solid hours every day.
Okay, gotta get busy with work. I’ll do some squats for you today as I process my work orders.