Don’t sit or stand. Switch.

I [had to sit] sit a lot. I do take breaks and stretch but some­times, espe­cial­ly when I am work­ing on some­thing inter­est­ing, it is dif­fi­cult to take break and come out of the flow. As a result I end up sit­ting for pro­longed hours. And before sit­ting con­sumes my health, I decid­ed to do some­thing about it.

This morn­ing I checked some online shops for stand­ing desks and had an inter­est­ing expe­ri­ence. One web­site asked me to reg­is­ter to get my spe­cial price. I gave my email id. Few min­utes lat­er their email appeared in my inbox. It has a 14 page pdf attached to it of which 12th page has the price I am unwill­ing to pay. The fig­ure is exclu­sive of GST, ship­ping and assem­bling.

But impor­tant­ly, I also dis­cov­ered Meerkat Desk which I think is quite a cool idea. I am impressed by their idea to meet a gap in the mar­ket for a cost effec­tive stand­ing desk solu­tion. Their cur­rent offer­ing can only take a lap­top and a key­board, which makes it ide­al for home use. As they con­firmed to me by email, they are cur­rent­ly pro­to­typ­ing a solu­tion that can take two full sized desk­top mon­i­tors, a key­board and a mouse.I wish they suc­ceed.

Sure, pro­longed sit­ting is the new age smok­ing and is bad for health. But so is extend­ed stand­ing. The idea is not to sit or stand but switch reg­u­lar­ly.

Mean­while, I need to find a solu­tion for my work­place that does­n’t cost my employ­er an arm and a leg. Until then walk­ing, stretch­ing and pos­ture are the way to go.



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