So after a lot of reading, and realizing I spend anywhere from 30 hours plus working at a computer terminal, I built a makeshift standing desk. Into the first hour, and I can report that my lower back and shoulders have a pleasant ache and my posture is improving. Anyone else made the switch?
I knew a guy who did that. I just thought he was on speed.
Can you get a big ass rubber ball to sit on?
What is a "Pleasant Ache" This is an oxymoron.
(with rebar sticking out of my calf) "It burns so good bossman!"
Sounds great! I can't transform my workspace, but I have managed to improve my posture and reduce some minor aches my adding a simple exercise to my daily routine. I just stand with my heels, butt, shoulders and head against a wall with arms out and elbows bent at 45 degrees so the hands are pointing towards the ceiling. Your hands and elbows should remain in contact with the wall. Move your hands straight up towards the ceiling until extended but move straight up, don't bring them together over your head. Then lower your arms until your elbows V at your sides. Then back up staying in contact with the wall. Do that 15 times three times a day (I stole it from Mens Health and it works great, no sure what its called anymore). If you can't stay in contact with the wall you need to stretch your chest, assume the stick figures position and walk through a doorway catching your forearms on the jambs. Lightly stretch.
I plan on finding or building a standing desk when I get my own office either at home or when I start teaching full-time. Sitting down for a long time really bothers my lower back, and I'm quite a young guy.
As a former pharmacist who stood in place for 8 or more hours a day, I think you are nuts. Two bits of advice. Buy a nice shock-absorbing mat to put under your feet (your back will thank you). And if you plan on spending a lot of your time standing in one spot, I'd invest in some good compression stockings to fend off those ugly varicose veins (I know a few vascular surgeons who swear by them). Just be sure to wear pants.
Great advice. Photo really accentuates your point about pants well!
Bet none of them ever got DVTs
We're Men (Manly Men)! We're men in tights (Tight Tights)! Always on guard defending the peoples rights.......nice!