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2014-05-06 02:35:17 PM
No kidding.  I would love a standing desk at work.  I've mentioned it but I think it would take an act of God to get one.
 
2014-05-06 04:44:01 PM
www.rocktownhall.com
Approves
 
2014-05-06 04:46:11 PM
Step four: Get out the way, get out the way biatch, get out the way
 
2014-05-06 04:47:38 PM
Step four:  Everyone walk the dinosaur
 
2014-05-06 05:00:31 PM

UberDave: No kidding.  I would love a standing desk at work.  I've mentioned it but I think it would take an act of God to get one.


I work from home a few days a week. I'm going to get myself a standing desk for work in the home office when I move. That's a lot easier than getting the cubes all changed.
 
2014-05-06 05:06:25 PM
I want a standing desk with a treadmill. As it stands, I just try to get up every hour and walk.
 
2014-05-06 05:08:19 PM
I bought one of these and love it - it's geared lower than a running treadmill and doesn't make much noise:

http://www.lifespanfitness.com/workplacesolutions-treadmill-desk-and -b ike-desk/tr800-dt5-treadmill-desk.html

Oracle wouldn't let me move it into the office so I just work from home now.
 
2014-05-06 05:16:01 PM
I'd be much happier at work if I could replace my desk with a bed.
 
2014-05-06 05:54:28 PM
I have a standing desk, or rather a tall table, that I do a lot of my work at. It's just not that much work.
 
2014-05-06 06:04:34 PM
Any farkers do this?  Recommendations/thoughts/anecdotes?  Really thinking about trying this, if I can convince the boss and our "occupational safety" folks.  I really think it might help my ADD as well - sometimes I can work through things standing at the whiteboard far easier then on a piece of paper, even to the point where I write source code on the board then sit down at my desk and transcribe it.
 
2014-05-06 06:27:16 PM
Why stop there.
gethotseatapp.com
 
2014-05-06 07:19:22 PM
We have the option to have standing desks at work if we want them.  The problem is, at 6'4, they're way too short for me.

/we also have treadmill desks you can book for a period of time
//that are located right in the middle of a room with about 125 cubes
///everyone gets to watch your blubber/boobs jiggle
 
2014-05-06 07:45:35 PM

little big man: I bought one of these and love it - it's geared lower than a running treadmill and doesn't make much noise:

http://www.lifespanfitness.com/workplacesolutions-treadmill-desk-and -b ike-desk/tr800-dt5-treadmill-desk.html

Oracle wouldn't let me move it into the office so I just work from home now.



I didn't know that was a thing. Thanks!
 
2014-05-06 08:01:49 PM
I know this is the New Hotness for everyone, but fark standing desks in the ear. If I wanted to stand while I work I'd be working at McDonalds. And, you know, you could just not have that HunnyBun and mocha koolatte with whipped cream and a splash of Crisco for elevenses. Tends to keep the pounds off.
 
rka
2014-05-06 08:18:29 PM

little big man: I bought one of these and love it - it's geared lower than a running treadmill and doesn't make much noise:

http://www.lifespanfitness.com/workplacesolutions-treadmill-desk-and -b ike-desk/tr800-dt5-treadmill-desk.html

Oracle wouldn't let me move it into the office so I just work from home now.


I couldn't even get a standing desk approved without a doctor's note or something. I was like "hey, I'm trying to avoid it getting to the point I need a doctor!"

I spent a year at a startup where we all had standing height desks, but also a raised chair so you could sit a bit as well. Worked pretty well.
 
2014-05-06 08:47:11 PM

Gonz: I want a standing desk with a treadmill. As it stands, I just try to get up every hour and walk.


I built one.  This is my work-from-home computer desk.  Work laptop and 2nd monitor center and left, personal laptop right, 47" LCD personal 2nd display backdrop.

i831.photobucket.com

Treadmill was $1000 model that was $250 off eBay with local pickup.
 
2014-05-06 09:16:13 PM

Lamberts Ho Man: Any farkers do this?  Recommendations/thoughts/anecdotes?  Really thinking about trying this, if I can convince the boss and our "occupational safety" folks.  I really think it might help my ADD as well - sometimes I can work through things standing at the whiteboard far easier then on a piece of paper, even to the point where I write source code on the board then sit down at my desk and transcribe it.


My anecdote is that I've been hospitalized twice for pulmonary embolisms, which are blood clots that form in the legs from working long hours without moving the lower legs to pump blood via muscle contraction back to the heart.  I'm a long-time computer consultant, and the variety of gigs means that sometimes you work all day at a table where there are dead servers in the middle of the table you're working at, so you have to work for 10 hours without being able to extend your legs while you're working. Sometimes you work six hours on an urgent problem where you can't get up for a minute. Boom!  DVT = deep vein thrombosis = blood clot in lower legs from two factors - not moving your lower legs for hours (i.e. long airline flights) or genetic disorders like Factor V Leiden clotting disorder.  If I were a caveman where I got cut all the time, above-average clotting would be a survival advantage.  When you sit at a desk, it's a bad thing.

if I can convince the boss and our "occupational safety" folks

I had a hospital stay in December over $50,000 due to large blood clots in both lungs (built that tread-desk in January).  My insurance paid for most of it.  Compare this to - I piggy-backed off a $100 shelf unit and even new, here's my treadmill:
http://www.buyfitnessonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id =1 067  Hospital stay cost a helluva lot than $50,000, and I didn't run a 1/3 chance of dying with this tread-desk.

(obviously you want a new unit if possible) When my back was really really bad, I needed a Herman Miller Mirra chair ($900) so I wasn't in pain all day. Now I still need decent back support, but at work I would rather have a treadmill-desk if I had to have an office job than a comfortable chair.  You need a chair because you can't stand or walk 12h a day.  I never go more than .5 or 1.0 mph on mine, but you're standing and moving.  Every 30 minutes I sit down for a few minutes - you can read email or whatever.

Occupational safety - sitting all day is one of the most dangerous things you can do.  Sitting all day will shorten your life. Do not go gently into that bad night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
 
2014-05-06 10:19:21 PM
Standing too long, especially without moving, gives me back pain. I have a compressed disk and my legs are uneven. Walking too, to a lesser degree. I'm not fat but I'll keep sitting. I do bicycling for exercise. Swimming every now and then too.

Just need to get up and stretch.
 
2014-05-06 10:49:31 PM
theorellior:fark standing desks in the ear. If I wanted to stand while I work I'd be working at McDonalds.

Think about human evolution. We're persistence hunters. Our prey is faster than us, but only for short stents. We just keep walking- and getting closer- until the prey gets tired.

We grew up to walk. Not to sit.
 
2014-05-06 11:22:57 PM

Damnhippyfreak: little big man: I bought one of these and love it - it's geared lower than a running treadmill and doesn't make much noise:

http://www.lifespanfitness.com/workplacesolutions-treadmill-desk-and -b ike-desk/tr800-dt5-treadmill-desk.html

Oracle wouldn't let me move it into the office so I just work from home now.


I didn't know that was a thing. Thanks!


Amazon's Black Friday deals usually include one of their models below $1000.  I bought mine two Thanksgivings ago (that's the 'Murican Thanksgiving, of course) and the company called and said, "We're out of the model you ordered; would you take the next model up for the same $?"  I think I paid $800.
 
2014-05-07 04:02:06 AM
Obligatory XKCD:

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-05-07 05:05:19 AM

Gonz: We grew up to walk. Not to sit.


It's more specific, and I dunno if TFM mentioned it; I learned this from a physical therapist.  There are basically two pair of hip flexors front and back that keep the pelvis balanced.  When you sit all day, or even most of the day, the front hip flexors are under no tension and tend to contract over time, which causes a forward pelvis tilt when you stand.  To offset this, the back pair have to 'pull' harder to keep the pelvis neutral when standing.  This makes them extremely taut and therefore prone to injury when you bend over and extend them even further.  I've had times where I bent over to get something from the lower shelf of the fridge and suddenly felt like someone stabbed two icepicks into my lower back.  I wasn't dating Sharon Stone at the time, honestly.

When I started my tread-desk, I couldn't handle going from 12h/day sitting to 12h/day standing-walking, so it will take an adjustment period and you will need a chair - maybe a KVM switch when you sit down.  My model had both wide ledges on the side where you could straddle your feet for a few seconds/minutes, as well as a keycard on a rope that would stop the treadmill as a safety measure if removed (think of a full-sized SD card on a rope).  If you started thinking and stopped walking, you'd move backwards, the card would pull out, and the treadmill would stop.  I only walked 0.5 mph most of the time, which doesn't come close to breaking a sweat or getting you out of breath.
 
2014-05-07 08:40:58 AM

Gonz: Think about human evolution. We're persistence hunters. Our prey is faster than us, but only for short stents. We just keep walking- and getting closer- until the prey gets tired.


[rolls eyes] Hunting took up maybe 5% of the time of hunter-gatherers. Gathering maybe 10%. The rest of the time they sat around and gossiped. Therefore, we should all live in barber shops or nail parlors and send out for pizza every now and then.

I wasn't saying anything about proto-humans or mythical Cro-Magnon standing desks. I was saying something about me. My hip flexors are fine, I get enough exercise in my daily routine. I just don't want to stand around all day.
 
2014-05-07 10:43:01 AM
Got the wife (works from home) one of these (link)
Electric up & down, frame only option (found a nice desktop at a furniture store going out of business)
She loves it
 
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