My Experience Switching to a Standing Desk

Sitting kills. You’ve probably heard this by now, but I don’t think I can stress it enough.

In fact, it can increase your chance of an early death by up to 40%.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to die 15 years early. So I decided to make the switch to a standing desk, thanks to my friends at UpDesk.

UpDesk graciously agreed to let me take a powered standing desk to take for a spin. That means that it can convert into a sitting desk anytime I need to, which I’ve found very useful for transitioning towards a standing lifestyle.

There are a few things I noticed about using a standing desk versus a sitting desk:

  • Get an anti-fatigue mat. It’s absolutely essential if you want to stand for long periods of time.
  • I have more energy when I’m tackling work. I feel more focused and more alert. I’m less lethargic.
  • I get off track less. When I’m standing, I’m almost always working, and I’m distracted less.
  • You can’t simply switch from a sitting desk to a standing desk. You have to build up your standing endurance first. It took me a couple of weeks before I could stand at the desk for an extended period of time. I keep my chair next to the desk so that I can switch from standing to sitting whenever I’m tired.
  • I still sometimes prefer to sit for long, involved tasks that require heavy concentration (like writing feature posts). However, I’ve found that I’m getting better at taking on these types of tasks while standing. I’m still not quite there, though.
  • It’s easier to take small breaks with a standing desk, rather than big breaks. You can simply walk away when you’re frustrated or in need of a quick mental recharge. With a sitting desk, it’s a bigger ordeal, even more than I realized.
  • I much prefer standing barefoot or with socks than with shoes. I get more direct support from the anti-fatigue mat by standing directly on it.
  • My endurance is definitely up overall.

The bottom line is that I’m absolutely thrilled with my standing desk. There’s no way I’m switching back, and all of my future offices will be equipped with a standing desk. (At some point, I’m going to follow Jeff Clavier’s lead and attach a treadmill to my desk.)

I definitely recommend the switch, for your health and your focus.

~ Ben