I’ve had my Geekdesk for more than five years now.
The positive affect on my health is hard to quantify, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than a placebo effect.
My core is definitely firmer (Those are abs you see, not rolls!) and my back is stronger.
And what about the hundreds of hours of standing vs sitting? That’s gotta make a difference!
There’s been an interesting progression in the use of my desk.
The first day, I used it standing all morning and lowered it to sit all afternoon.
Within a few days I’d taken the chair out of my office because I just didn’t need it. This was the case for 3+ years.
When I started doing some consecutive weeks of long days in the home office, I noticed my heals getting sore. A combination of ice and the addition of some intermittent sitting brought relief.
I also bought a mat to stand on. (I’ll save you some time: Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Grade Series Mat, 24-Inch by 36-Inch, Black. Definitely the one to get. Not cheap, but wow.)
The mat alleviated some of the heal pain, but didn’t eliminate it.
As a result, while my default is to stand, whenever I feel the hint of fatigue or pain in my heals I simply lower the desk and sit for a while. I also choose to sit when I’m watching some online video training, just to give my feet that little extra break.
This has been a good reminder to me that fitness, and life, isn’t always about all or nothing. Sometimes it’s about moderation.
(BTW, I don’t believe the Greek idea of “moderation in all things.” But that’s another post…)