Standing Might Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

David Mendosa Health Guide October 12, 2010
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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Oct. 14, 2010

    I have my keyboard on one of those tables designed to go over a bed when someone is sick. I keep it at an angle, because I find it easier to type when the keyboard is slanted, somewhat like an old-fashioned typewriter (if anyone can remember typewriters).

     

    The height is adjustable, and I found I could raise it to a standing height. I can tilt the screen...

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    I have my keyboard on one of those tables designed to go over a bed when someone is sick. I keep it at an angle, because I find it easier to type when the keyboard is slanted, somewhat like an old-fashioned typewriter (if anyone can remember typewriters).

     

    The height is adjustable, and I found I could raise it to a standing height. I can tilt the screen back so that's at the correct angle. It's actually healthier to look down on a screen because then your eyes aren't wide open so they don't dry out as easily.

     

    One could probably find one of these things at a yard sale or thrift store for not much money. Just make sure it goes high enough for your height.

     

    When I work this way I'll report on the results. Right now I'm playing with the effects of some other things (statin, rocker shoes) on my back, and I don't want to add a third variable.

     

     

    • JanW
      Oct. 18, 2010

      Thanks everybody for the great ideas!  I've never seen, much less thought of a standing desk even though I can think of a million reasons to use one....back pain and high blood sugars from sitting too long, being just a couple of reasons!

       

      Gretchen, your comment about keeping the monitor tilted slightly downward helping to relieve dry eyes caught...

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      Thanks everybody for the great ideas!  I've never seen, much less thought of a standing desk even though I can think of a million reasons to use one....back pain and high blood sugars from sitting too long, being just a couple of reasons!

       

      Gretchen, your comment about keeping the monitor tilted slightly downward helping to relieve dry eyes caught my attention.  I've been having difficulty with the same thing and have found if I not only enlarge the text on the monitor, that helps, but so does rolling the text down on the screen help.  I've found that the lower the text is on the screen, I gain the same benefit....not having to keep my eyes open so widely that it creates the "dry eye" issues.

  • David Mendosa
    Health Guide
    Jan. 19, 2012

    My programmer who uses a treadmill desk himself just wrote me about one he discovered that is less expensive and has received excellent reviews. Here is the link to it.

     

    David

  • Aggie
    Oct. 12, 2010

    David, I have been trying to accomplish this myself. I bought an inexpensive adjustable work table for $65 from amazon, but unfortunately, it did not adjust to a high enough setting. (Maybe I should have thought of that - duh.) Anyway, I solved the problem by putting a plastic step stool that I keep around for my grandkids on the table, and that worked. It's...

    RHMLucky777

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    David, I have been trying to accomplish this myself. I bought an inexpensive adjustable work table for $65 from amazon, but unfortunately, it did not adjust to a high enough setting. (Maybe I should have thought of that - duh.) Anyway, I solved the problem by putting a plastic step stool that I keep around for my grandkids on the table, and that worked. It's a bit wobbly, but I use it with my laptop and don't wander far from it. I looked up the height for stand-up desks and it is about 44 or 45 inches. I read of another person who attached her bicycle to a stand in order to use it as an exercise bike, and then put an adjustable height ironing board across it so she could work on her computer as she exercised. Someday, I would like to have a treadmill with a desk attached, but those are very expensive. In the meantime, my table fix works just fine for me. I do find that I can't stand for too long before my back and feet start to hurt, but I have read that as you build up the time spent standing, these discomforts subside.

    • Ted Hutchinson
      Oct. 13, 2010

      For people looking for a stand to convert an ordinary bike into an exercise bike as mentioned in previous comment, this would do.

      Cycleops Mag + Plus Indoor Trainer

      Ebay UK have several around £125 however second hand ones are being offered with statements like "used only 2 hrs" which implies there may be problems using them.