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Standing at my desk Thursday, November 17, 2016

My standing Desk Journey...This was just too good to pass up!

Update November 17th, 2016

My standing desk took on a tall stool, where I sat myself down and went on with my daily tasks. NOT GOOD!  I found myself developing a hunchback.  For the past 2 days, I am re-aquainting myself with the standing desk routine and find my neck pain has disappeared. 

Update June 20th 2016 (welcome summer)

A quick observation.  Since I re-introducded the option of sitting on a bar-stool in my office, I am finding that it is more comfortable and convenient to stand and complete my work. The bar-stool is pushed out of the way. It's like I cheated on my standing desk lifestyle, but realized I really became comfortable with the practice of standing.

Update May 16th 2016. 

That does it.  I compromised and bought a drafting stool as an option to sit on while I am working at my standing desk. It was a run of 3.6 years but ultimately I found myself sneaking in longer periods where I was sitting down at the kitchen nook with my laptop. The coffee breaks were getting longer and the time in my office was suffering.  I don't feel like I am cheating myself, just being real.

I do feel like a vegan with a new found taste for beek jerky.

I still stand, about half of the time.


Leap year day 2016 (Feb 29th 2016)

I performed a major edit of my standing desk blog.  October 8th 2013 was the start date.  Got rid of 3 years of my blog posts complaining and lollygagging about standing at my desk.  If anybody want to know more about what to expect, please email me and I will walk you through the project, otherwise I will either let you know if the standing desk experiment is ending or if I reach additional milestones.


The Standing Desk Experiment.  (read to the bottom for updates on my experiment) October 8th 2013.

I don't usually deviate from my mortgage discussions in my blog, but today I thought I would share an experience that may be a positive health change for a desk bound career person.  About a month ago I was introduced to the concept of standing and working at my desk by David Paruk of Gateway Mortgage Investment Corp.  He had some fancy gizmo that gave him the option of sitting or standing at his desk.  He said he did it because too many hours of sitting was not a healthy lifestyle.

When I returned to my office I started searching for all web related material that dealt with the benefits of standing vs sitting all day long.  There are many articles and it is not hard to find many facts and opinions in the sit vs. stand comparison argument.

One of the drawbacks is the cost of the systems that allow you to make an easy transition.  I was somewhat willing to try and experiment with a standing office, but was not willing to spend the bucks to convert my office space...at least not until I tried it out.

On Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, the Discovery Channel played a show called The Numbers Game and the host also introduced his listeners to the benefits of a stand-up office environment.  He did offer one very helpful tool to help the undecided to try the concept.  I am now using some boxes from my last trip to Costco. My computer and keyboard were raised up to the height I needed to stand here and type this blog. 

I don't believe statistics, because they can be manipulated, but even if they are close to being true, these ones are shocking from an online health magazine.

  • A study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that sitting for long stretches, more than six hours a day, can make someone at least 18% more likely to die from diabetes, heart disease and obesity than those sitting less than three hours a day.
  • Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die of heart attacks.


April 3rd 2014

Presenting "The Moffnicki Mashup"

June 5th 2014:  I was delighted to hear that my on-going standing desk saga was actually being read. I met Wafik Hanna and he took my challenge to a new level.  Wafik liked the idea of a hybrid type standing desk, because it would serve to be a healthier choice than sitting all day.  The solution for Wafik was simple an elegant.  He was able to locate a supply of scissor lifts that bring the writing table/keyboard and monitor up to standing level.  It works well in an office where you work with customers and still want the option to stand while doing your routine work. 


If you would like to know how to get these realtively inexpensive solutions to switch to a standing desk, please send me an email at mstop@shaw.ca and I will get you in touch with Wafik.


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