If you sit down to do your job, whether it’s answering phones, figuring out the national debt, or writing stories about people who answer phones and figure out the national debt WHILE ZOMBIES ATTACK, chances are, the biggest cause of your pain in the neck (literally) you will experience is the result of your office chair and how you sit (the other cause, of course, being ZOMBIE BITES).
And let’s be honest–how many of us are writing as either a sideline, or an unpaid/little-paid second job or apprenticeship slipped in during downtimes from the rest of our lives? How many of us are writing hunched over the rickety little table in the corner of the coffee shop, or hunched over a laptop on the kitchen counter or the dining room table, in those chairs that are only meant to be sat on for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas? And how many of us are in cheap, busted, hand-me-down office chairs that other people have gotten rid of (because their chiropractors told them the office chair was part of their back problems)? How many of us experience that brief second of gut-clench when the chair goes clank and that half-second of “whee, I’m in free-fall!” before wondering if that sucker’s finally gonna buckle?
Yeah, I thought so.
Enter the concept of NOT SITTING DOWN while you work.
There’s a wonderful little thing called a “standing desk” that does exactly what it says on the tin. Oh, there are companies that make standing workstations, but if you have plywood and a drill, you can make a raised platform, or even hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for those bed risers and ham something together that way. But of course, if you want to have great fun and you have a thing for affordable, interchangeable, hackable Scandinavian ready-to-assemble furniture, then Ikeahackers is HERE for YOU!
I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I’m finally putting my money where my mouth is. Or where my ass is, as the case may be. Recently, I’ve managed to acquire a decent second-hand treadmill, and since Mr. Athena does woodworking, there’s no shortage of plywood in my garage. I have myself the makings of a treadmill desk.
Sitting for long periods of time puts undue pressure on your spine, reduces your circulation, and can create contact stress points that further reduce your blood flow and apply pressure to your nerves, muscles, ligaments, and discs. Standing reduces or eliminates these pressures and restrictions. When you do stand at a workstation, in order to avoid exchanging one set of problems for another, you should make sure to treat your feet right by wearing good shoes and standing on a mat, such as a kitchen mat or a gel mat to reduce standing pressures.