Case Study: Using a Standing Desk with Your Mac for Back Health

According to BusinessWeek, Galen Cranz, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has expressed a rather stark viewpoint on traditional office chairs, stating, “Short of sitting on a spike, you can’t do much worse than a standard office chair.” This statement particularly resonated with me as I had recently transitioned to a standing desk, which I secured for $96, a steal compared to its current price of $277.

Exploring the realm of standing desks, I discovered that it’s not uncommon for individuals to invest upwards of $1000 on these setups, especially those that are custom-built. The costs can indeed be quite high.

Now, I’m not here to promote this specific desk, but rather to share my experience with it. Many ask if standing all day becomes tiring.

My response? The desk has been fantastic, and while my feet do feel weary by day’s end, the overall benefits outweigh this minor inconvenience.

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After several weeks of use, I’ve noticed significant improvements in my posture and energy levels. Interestingly, there have been additional unexpected benefits. For years, I’ve used a dual-monitor setup, and with the standing desk, I find myself utilizing both screens more effectively.

Previously, I predominantly used the larger screen for my main tasks, relegating the smaller one for auxiliary applications like Echofon and Adium.

Another perk of the standing desk is increased mobility. With limited desk space, I keep only essential items in front of me, which encourages me to use nearby tools like my seldom-used whiteboard more frequently. This setup contrasts sharply with my old, bulky desk, which was less conducive to dynamic work.

When focus wanes, I employ the (10+2)*5 technique, alternating between standing and sitting.


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