Sitting slows our metabolism. It’s been linked to heart attacks and diabetes, kidney disease and cancer. Just two hours of sitting per day can drop good cholesterol by 20 percent and reduce blood flow.
There’s a direct link between the rise of sedentary jobs in America — up 83 percent since 1950 — and the increase in obesity. More than a third of adults are now classified as obese.
Our newfound idleness is shaving years off our lives. Men who spend more than 10 hours a week in a car have an astonishing 82 percent greater chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who are more active. And women who sit for more than six hours a day are 37 percent more likely to die than their counterparts who sit for less than three hours a day. If people sat less than three hours a day, U.S. life expectancy would increase by two years.
This looks like a slick DIY project. There are also lot’s of other good ideas at the SimplifiedBuilding.com site. via Desktop Stand-Up Desk with Integrated Monitor Stand
“Limited apartment space and dorm living often call for multi-use furniture. An adjustable height desk is a great way to have one piece of furniture that can fulfill several functions. This DIY enthusiast built themselves a desk that could be adjustable to three different heights (standing desk, sitting desk and coffee table). In the high position (shown above) it can be used as a standing desk. Shown above next to a standard height desk, the desk can be raised up to allow someone to stand while working.”
Everyone is acting like Clint Eastwood was talking to an invisible President Obama. That would have been ridiculous! Obviously, he was just letting the chair know he’s decided to switch to a standing desk.
Adding Standinista to his already impressive resume, Joel Johnson posted this beauty of a DIY standing desk on Instagram and I couldn’t wait to share it. It’s made of scrap wood and bungee cords, ffs. What’s not to love? Joel explained a bit about how it all fits together:
What’s kind of cool is that bungee (which is attached to an eyescrew that you can’t see) allows the bottom keyboard tray to sort of move around a bit which ends up being really comfortable. [There’s only] one 1/4-inch eyelet screwed into the column. Everything else is tension. (I wanted to be able to remove or adjust it.)
Well done, Joel!
Ha! May have to work this into my system at home. :) (via The Joy of Tech comic… Stand in the place that you work.)
If standing isn’t your thing, Apartment Therapy presents a spectrum of alternatives to the traditional desk, including some real gems like the bed desk (really). Or the kitchen table desk (embrace the chaos!!). Or why not just give up both standing and chairs and work on the floor?
Source: Apartment Therapy