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(Washington Post)   An illustrated guide to how sitting at a desk all day is ruining your body. Yeah, it's definitely the desk   (apps.washingtonpost.com) divider line 36
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2014-01-21 12:55:35 PM  
What else are you supposed to do? They don't allow bed at work.
 
2014-01-21 12:56:24 PM  
If I stand up, will you stop harassing me about my double-fried donut bacon burgers?
 
2014-01-21 12:56:47 PM  
Well, the desk ain't helping.
 
2014-01-21 12:56:57 PM  
That's why I work remotely from my recliner.
 
2014-01-21 12:58:29 PM  
I just started working at home from an upright treadmill desk specifically because of all these risks and problems.

i831.photobucket.com

I don't have the cable management all pretty yet.
 
2014-01-21 12:59:49 PM  
Is it just me, or does the example person in the article look like Whoopi Goldberg?

Cause, if it does...

That's racist!
 
2014-01-21 12:59:52 PM  
So, get up every hour, do a bit of walkies and then get your ass back to work.
 
GBB
2014-01-21 01:02:46 PM  
I guess those smokers that get outside for 15 minutes every hour are doing better than I am.
 
2014-01-21 01:04:07 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, sit up straight and don't slouch, get up every hour, do a bit of walkies and then get your ass back to work.


 FTFY
 
2014-01-21 01:05:41 PM  
That's why I sit at a bar all night.
 
2014-01-21 01:06:28 PM  
As someone who is fat & out of shape + other issues...AND who has a generally sedentary job...

:-((   <---------  my Double-chinned sad face...
 
2014-01-21 01:06:41 PM  

syrynxx: I just started working at home from an upright treadmill desk specifically because of all these risks and problems.

[i831.photobucket.com image 576x1024]

I don't have the cable management all pretty yet.


How's it working out for you?

/pun intended
 
2014-01-21 01:08:54 PM  

Ashyukun: Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, sit up straight and don't slouch, get up every hour, do a bit of walkies and then get your ass back to work.

 FTFY


Sitting up "straight" isnt necessarily going to save your back, but, dear lord, anything is better than the posture in that article.

/reclined as much as possible at my last desk job
 
2014-01-21 01:14:22 PM  
I just got a new desk chair and I'm already feeling better.  Spending a bit on money on something like that is well worth it.
 
2014-01-21 01:16:07 PM  
wordinfo.info
 
2014-01-21 01:25:24 PM  

Molavian: That's why I work remotely from my recliner.


I genuinely wonder if working in a recliner wouldn't be healthier than at a standard desk/chair.
 
2014-01-21 01:26:13 PM  
Sitting up perfectly straight is hard on the intervertebral discs too.   It's better to lean back and rest your back on the backrest so that you don't get 100% of the downward force squishing your discs all day long.

Here is just one report on a study explaining why.
 
2014-01-21 01:29:20 PM  

foo monkey: How's it working out for you?


It's been just what I wanted so far.  Challenging to set up properly, but now I've got a low-impact weight loss mechanism built into my normal work day.  From today before lunch it showed 500 calories, 155 from fat, and at the end of the work day I can either go outside and get some variety or flip down the work laptop screen and watch a movie on the big screen in the back.
 
2014-01-21 01:33:14 PM  
People who watched the most TV in an 8.5-year study had a 61 percent greater risk of dying than those who watched less than one hour per day.

Watch less than an hour of tv a day and you can live forever!
 
2014-01-21 01:34:49 PM  
I stand up at work 10 to 14 hours a day, and my back, knees and feet pay dearly for it. I always get a kick out of articles like this.
 
2014-01-21 01:38:09 PM  
I've had a standup desk for a year. Curious side effect is I don't usually sit anymore unless you're supposed to; eating, watching TV, etc. Can't sit in a waiting room, waiting for a table at a restaurant, I stand rather than sit at a bar. It's strange but I don't feel the need to sit unless I am actually tired.
 
2014-01-21 01:44:25 PM  
I'd be afraid to get one of those ball chairs at work because they tend to amplify even the smallest farts.
 
2014-01-21 01:45:52 PM  
I love these articles.

I rank them up there with the ones that make me feel guilty for not taking a sick day when I have the sniffles, that I should be working from home and the ones that say I'm a loser for not "doing what I love"

Well you know what chuckles?  Yeah, it effin sucks that sitting at a desk is killing me, but my boss (the same one that gets pissed when I take a rare sick day) won't let me do yoga or sit on a beach ball.

He sure as hell won't spend money to order a stand up desk.  Hell, he'll biatch for days if I try to work from home remotely.

What he does do however, is sign my paycheck which buys food for my family and puts a roof on their head.  Something that I don't have the privilege to do on my own while "doing what I love" sitting on a beach ball doing yoga.

It's nice what some people get to worry about...

/for those of you privileged enough to be able to do all those things, I salute you
//but I wish those articles would be targeted more towards the "job creators" that set the rules for most workplaces.
 
2014-01-21 01:48:49 PM  

syrynxx: I just started working at home from an upright treadmill desk specifically because of all these risks and problems.

[i831.photobucket.com image 576x1024]

I don't have the cable management all pretty yet.


That's awesome. Have you had any close calls with a face plant? I always imagined I would see something and forget to walk for a split second and WHAM!
 
2014-01-21 01:52:13 PM  
It is the desk, among other things.

The lousy food and lack 'o exercise aren't helping me any, either.
 
2014-01-21 02:01:52 PM  

mdeesnuts: I've had a standup desk for a year. Curious side effect is I don't usually sit anymore unless you're supposed to; eating, watching TV, etc. Can't sit in a waiting room, waiting for a table at a restaurant, I stand rather than sit at a bar. It's strange but I don't feel the need to sit unless I am actually tired.


I've tried a stand up desk, got it was horrible on my feet and strangely my hips.  If I'm going to be on my feet for hours at a time, I want to be doing a fair amount of walking, which is surprisingly easier on my system that standing in place for long periods.
 
2014-01-21 02:09:04 PM  

mdeesnuts: syrynxx: I just started working at home from an upright treadmill desk specifically because of all these risks and problems.

[i831.photobucket.com image 576x1024]

I don't have the cable management all pretty yet.

That's awesome. Have you had any close calls with a face plant? I always imagined I would see something and forget to walk for a split second and WHAM!


A couple of times I forget to keep walking and then that OK Go! video pops through my head.  But it's going pretty slowly so no faceplants yet.  Treadmill is a Proform Power 995 I got for a steal off eBay in case anyone is curious.
 
2014-01-21 02:16:56 PM  

ShawnDoc: I've tried a stand up desk, got it was horrible on my feet and strangely my hips.  If I'm going to be on my feet for hours at a time, I want to be doing a fair amount of walking, which is surprisingly easier on my system that standing in place for long periods.


My feet hurt after a couple of weeks, too. So I got a stool to prop on. Now I just shuffle a lot and the stool stays under the desk.

FWIW before modifying the cube, I put my monitor on some big books and tilted it up. Then the kb/mouse on a box bringing them to ~elbow level. It took 30 seconds to transform back and forth.
 
2014-01-21 02:19:26 PM  

Pharmdawg: I stand up at work 10 to 14 hours a day, and my back, knees and feet pay dearly for it. I always get a kick out of articles like this.


You should try standing on one of those yoga balls.
 
2014-01-21 02:22:59 PM  
Every hour get up and get a snack out of the machine, then go out and have a smoke.
 
2014-01-21 02:23:57 PM  
i'm typing this comment while standing at my adjustable-height desk
 
2014-01-21 02:30:43 PM  

syrynxx: that OK Go! video


I just got that reference, lol.

*UNGH* *UNGH* *UNGH* *UNGH* I can't breath  *UNGH* *UNGH* *UNGH*

/hahahaha
 
2014-01-21 02:40:03 PM  
I'm lucky in a way, I sit at a desk but I have a little stool when needed to elevate my feet.  I also have easy excuses to get up and walk around, sometimes I carry a clipboard for appearances but mainly I'm stretching my legs.  I've gained weight though so I need to work on that.
 
2014-01-21 02:40:54 PM  
Uh, I guess what I was trying to say was my varied routine helps.
 
2014-01-21 02:43:58 PM  
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2014-01-21 04:06:26 PM  

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Is it just me, or does the example person in the article look like Whoopi Goldberg?

Cause, if it does...

That's racist!


I thought it looked like Lootie.
 
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