Stand Up Desk

Oh Florida humidity, you are so fabulous. This morning my run with Sadie was hot and humid.

Whenever I set out for a run in the summer in Florida, I know to expect to feel more sluggish than usual and today was no different. Despite the thick, moist air, Sadie and I had a good time. I was equipped with a rockin’ playlist and just zoned out for most of the run.

We ended up knocking out five miles and it felt good to shake out my legs before work.


Breakfast this morning centered around almond butter.

almond butter honey

I topped a toasted whole wheat English muffin with almond butter and a drizzle of honey.

English muffin with Almond butter

Plus a banana on the side!


Stand Up Desk

Last night, Ryan and I had plans on the side of town by Ryan’s work, so I met up with him at his office before he was done for the day. I’ve been inside of Ryan’s work building a few times before, but he recently changed offices and I had never seen his brand new desk!

Stand Up Desk

Ryan now has a stand up desk at work! Pretty cool, huh? He also has an extra tall chair to use when he wants to sit, but he seems to really enjoy standing up.

After reading the book Drop Dead Healthy, I told Ryan all about the author’s stance on prolonged sitting. (You can read my full review of the book here if you are interested.) In the book, A.J. Jacobs writes, “We weren’t built to sit. According to Harvard professor John Ratey, our Paleolithic forefathers walked eight to 10 miles a day. Our grandparents expended an average of 800 calories a day more than we do. Even regular gym-going cannot fully undo the harm of sitting.”

At my former job, I sat at a computer for the entire day. I would try to get up once an hour to get something to drink, eat a snack or go to the bathroom, but there were definitely times that I sat for hours without stretching my legs. I hated that feeling and it definitely made me look forward to our evening walks with Sadie when I got home. I wanted to move!

Question of the Morning

  • Does your job require you to sit for a long period of time? Do you do anything to break up the sitting?
  • If you could work from a stand up desk, would you want to?


  1. says

    I work at a hospital as a nursing assistant so the majority of my workday is spent not only standing but walking/running around. It’s amazing how much it changes your mindset- I don’t think I’d do too well not being able to move all day long.


  2. Andrea says

    I work at a university and we are all at desks, BUT a new colleague who started a month ago has his new office set up with a stand up desk! My primary work computer is a laptop and I can easily move it around so I am trying to create a space in my office where I can do both — sit and stand.


  3. says

    I work at a computer all day and sitting for prolonged periods of time drives me crazy. One thing I try and do is take a walk when I am on calls. I plug in my headset and go. This works as long as I am not the one leading the call and have to take notes. I’ve found it to be effective.

    I’d love to work at a standing desk if I was able to. I think they are wonderful!


  4. says

    It is a 1/2 mile walk to walk around our building. My goal is to walk it at least 4 times a day. I also walk for my 30 minutes lunch as long as the weather is good. In Michigan it isnt always so. I also try to go answer questions instead of replying via email. I also look to print thing separately since the print is all the way across the floor from me. I will make lots of trips.


  5. Krysten says

    I now work at a desk job, definite change of pace from last summer being on my feet alllll day as a waitress. I do the same and try to get up every hour or so to walk down the hall for water or some quick stretches at my desk. And walk to different offices to talk to people, rather than emailing back and forth. By the end of the day I’m definitely ready to get up and give my eyes a break from the computer screen too. I’m intrigued to read Drop Dead Healthy, just put it on hold at the library!


  6. Heather McClees says

    Hi!:) I work from home and made a stand up desk from a tall buffet style kitchen table and love it! I used to sit all day at work and hated it!! I’m so happy those desk job days are gone. I love my desk I use for writing but can’t sit long without getting up . Great post -!: )


  7. says

    My husband’s job requires sitting (at a computer – IT work) all day….this past Spring, I went with him to his office and we made a makeshift standing desk. He said it took a couple of days for his feet to get used to it, but he loves it now and says that he just feels so much better!
    I always perch my computer up on our breakfast bar when I’m working/blogging at home, too – sitting for long periods of time every day definitely isn’t good for our bodies!


  8. Sara says

    My husband just walked by as I was reading and asked why are you looking at pictures of guys and bananas!! LOL!! I love the standing desk. I am a teacher so there isn’t much sitting during my day. 🙂


  9. says

    Since I’m a teacher, I’m usually up and moving around the room for a majority of the day, other than teaching small groups. I don’t know how I could ever sit for hours at a desk. I’ve NEVER been able to sit still. I remember my grandfather telling me he was going to stomp out the ants in my pants. Ha! If I did have a desk job, I’d LOVE a stand up desk. In fact, I recently bought an extra tall table that I keep in my “office” room at home. I LOVE it.


  10. says

    You’ve had loads of teachers respond! I never realised there were quite so many blogging teachers out there! I’m a teacher too. ICT teacher at a high school and find that most of my day is actually spent sitting. Or definitely in relation to previous jobs I’ve had anyway. Obviously I walk around whilst teaching, but that only ends up being moving from one kid to the next over four-five hours each day. And then I’m sat down marking or planning for hours more after the kids have gone home again. I would love a standing desk and it would make lessons much easier to check tutorials/classlists/emails/notices mid-lesson whilst walking around the room attending the students..


  11. AJ says

    How cool that he has a stand up desk! Unfortunately, I drive A LOT for my job, so I am sitting way too much. Guess I really should stop more and walk around!



  12. Katie says

    I have a treadmill desk. I absolutely love it. I dont end up walking all that much, because in order to do work, I have to set it at about 2.2 MPH. But, even so, I end up walking about 5 miles or so a day.


  13. says

    I work from home 4 days a week and those days I sit a lot, but I try to get up every hour and just move. During my lunch break I head down to my treadmill and do my 30 run so that helps. When I’m in the office I move a lot more!


  14. says

    Yay stand-up desks! I just started my job about 4 months ago, and we have desks that raise and lower, depending on if we want to stand or sit. I absolutely love having the ability to stand whenever I want. I’m guilty for not taking advantage of it enough though.


  15. Stefanie says

    I teach so I spend my teaching time on my feet walking around. I’ll agree with one of the other teachers though in that my planning and grading time was spent sitting. When I was allowed to purchase a desk, I specifically picked one I could stand or sit at (it has multiple tiers) and a drafting chair. The chair was definitely more expensive than other comparable chairs, but I convinced my supervisors it was worth having a chair that would raise and lower to all levels of my desk. I laugh now, because I almost never get to sit in it, since my TAs use it whenever they can!


  16. gaius gracchus says

    Standing all day can also be problematic. That is why we went with a treadmill desk. Makes all the difference in the world! We do alternate with some time sitting – it is maybe 50/50. But it feels really good to walk slowly while we work instead of just stand or sit. We forget we are walking we get so engrossed into our work on our computers.

    We got a new Multitable and we LOVE IT!!! We ordered the entire table from them, not just the base — they customized it for us, too. We checked out almost every standup desk on the market before settling on this one. They have a plethora of types of desks – something for everyone.

    Although they had models that fit over their own treadmills, we already had a high-end Precor treadmill at home. Note that most of the treadmills that come from the standup desk combos have no console in front to get in the way, but ours, just like a gym model, does. So we needed the table that goes up really high, plus we needed a more narrow table since we are further back on the treadmill due to the console. Plus, we just have small laptops so no need for a wider desk.

    They took their table from the treadmill combo and created a customized top for us. Also they were able to adjust the width.

    It fits perfectly! The inner width is 34″ between the legs, the tabletop is 36″ wide and 18″ deep. The height goes up to 54 inches!!!! Yayyyh! Finally we found one that fit our needs over our treadmill! (good luck finding one that tall, and, if you do, good luck getting the rest of these dimensions.)

    It was pretty easy to assemble, and putting things together is not my forte. We ordered the “left-handed” model, which is just having the crank on the left side, since our treadmill is up to the wall on the right side. We really appreciate a manual operation, although they certainly have electric models. I don’t want another thing to have to plug in, and it takes so little effort to crank it, why bother with electric.

    Their customer service is outstanding. Their prices are far, far better than any other desk of this quality, and especially compared to companies who are willing to customize for you.



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