By 10:30 am on that first Monday, my feet were already feeling the strain. By Friday, I think I’d mostly grown accustomed to it, but that is not to say that it still wasn’t painful standing all day long. Actually, I didn’t stand all day long on most days. At some point during each day, I’d attend a meeting, where I would, of course, sit. I made sure to sit at lunchtime as well. And sometimes, when I had some reading to do, I’d do it sitting at my meeting table instead of leaning on the keyboard rest attached to my standing desk.
I did find myself leaning quite a bit that first week.
I also found myself swaying after a while. I couldn’t seem to stand perfectly still and work. I would eventually start to sway from side-to-side, building up some kind of rhythm.
Jamie Rubin is just starting to use his standing desk and as he describes in his post about the first week, it’s tough!
After reading his post, I thought of a couple suggestions:
First, if you’re used to sitting all day, it’s going to be hard to just completely switch to standing all day. It’s a good idea to start a little slower and build up your strength so you can get used to it.
Second, we recommend using a tall stool so you can perch occasionally to give your legs a rest. Don’t let yourself treat it like a chair and sit all day, but you’ll appreciate having it when you need it.
Lastly, consider implementing some sort of foot rest near the base of your desk. Think of the foot rails that run along the bottom of most bars. They are there so you don’t get tired of waiting for your drink! Being able to kick up one leg at a time will help keep you from locking your legs out or getting too tired. If you already have a desk that doesn’t have a rail, just trying it with something like a stack of books or a wooden box or whatever you have around the house. If you love it, consider making a more permanent solution.
Read Jamie’s full post here: My Standing Desk Experience, One Week Later