Everyone knows the pleasure of sitting down after a long time on your feet. But just like eating three meals of Halloween candy everyday would play some nasty tricks on your body, sitting should be considered a treat. Here’s how settling into that chair all day will end up biting you in the backside in the short, medium and long term...
Office work can take an awful toll on your health. Between your commute and the time at your desk, you’ll spend roughly seven and a half hours sitting each day. At that rate, you might as well sit on the floor. Because the floor is lava. And lava is just as bad for your health.
Fine, lava is admittedly way worse for your health. But all that sitting isn’t doing you any favors either. It leads to lower metabolic activity and increases the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. And many scientists agree that hitting the gym after work may not offset the harm. So instead of planning a daily triathlon, check out three ways a standing desk can keep you healthy while you work.
Whether you buy a super fancy, super expensive electronic gizmo that raises and lowers at the touch of a button, or a clean, simple, wooden standing desk that turns your current desk into a standing desk, you want yours to be at the optimal height. This will give you the greatest benefits of using a standing desk, and keep your posture healthy.
So how high should your standing desk be set?
Standing desks have never been as popular as they are right now. And it’s easy to understand why—standing up more often literally makes you feel better. The problem is, most standing desks today don’t allow you to stand with proper posture. Standing incorrectly means you’re hurting your back and neck just as badly as if you were sitting all day.
So what do you do to avoid postural and skeletal damage from standing improperly? Using an ergonomic standing desk helps you avoid these easy-to-make mistakes:
You learn some expensive lessons starting a company. For us, the most costly was when we did our very first Readydesk production run in 2014.
After cutting hundreds of desks for supporters of our successful Kickstarter campaign, the operator of the CNC router pulled us aside to show us something he'd discovered...
If you wanted to make a video showing how standing at your Readydesk burns 30% more calories than sitting, how would you do it?
We tried answering that question and ended up researching licensed flamethrower operators, getting two vans stuck in desert sand, and melting actual wet blankets.
Here’s the result:
We had just gotten the Readydesk standing desk listed on Amazon, the world’s largest store. We were stoked. Soon after, however, we discovered our stand up desk converter had a doppleganger—a clone using the same materials, design, sales copy, price point and photography angles as us.
Through some Internet detective work, and combing of our sales records, we determined the person manufacturing this competing product had actually bought a Readydesk seven months earlier.
We were mad as hell.
Ever since we invented the Readydesk, we've wanted to find out the max weight it can hold. Sure, we've done software-based stress tests based on 3-D models of this stand up desk converter, but that's just computer stuff. Boring. We wanted to do a real world standing desk review to test it out ourselves.
We performed this experiment in an open spot in the backyard. We had protective goggles and a fire extinguisher nearby—just in case, you know?