We’re coming up on the anniversary of last year’s Month From Hell, when I was immobilized with back pain and on industrial-strength painkillers for weeks. To avoid a rerun of that experience, I’ve been experimenting with a few things to improve my back health and decrease the strain on my spine.
To that end, I rigged up this setup to try a standing desk for a few days:
It’s just a little table of just the right height placed on top of my regular desk. I’ve read a few studies and articles that tout the benefits of standing vs. sitting, but it’s not an easy thing to retrain someone who has basically spent every workday in the last sixteen years or so mostly sitting at a desk.
Have any of you tried out a standing desk, or are you currently using one? If you tried and abandoned it, why did you not stick with it? If you still use it, how long did it take you to get used to it?
I worked in retail once, and being on my feet all day was a bit tiresome at the end of a long day. Maybe I’ll augment this setup with a drafting-type stool for the occasional upright sitting. But I’m willing to try just about anything to avoid another one of those sciatica bouts. That was without exaggeration the most painful, least pleasant month of my life so far. If this works out, and I notice a reduction in back pain, I’ll rig something a little more permanent on top of the old desk, or build a dedicated standing desk instead.