Is what I thought the first time I heard about the idea of standing up at your desk. Cuz, DUH, that sounds tiring and I’m already tired, yo. Plus my feet hurt, and my back aches, and and and.
But after a number of articles on the subject of how sitting greatly increases your chance of dying prematurely (even if you work out daily and accounting for lifestyle issues like smoking and eating habits), I started to wonder. A coworker hurt her back and needed to crank up her desk (we have height-adjustable surfaces in our cubes) and she seemed to like it. I got a wild hair one day and cranked up my desk.
Yes, that is as high as it goes, and yes, it is always that messy. People do insist on leaving papers on my desk. ANYhoo.
The keyboard and mouse are on boxes to raise them a bit more (and I could stand another coupla inches when I’m wearing shoes with heels) and the monitor is tilted up. I read that it’s good to be looking down a little, but I’d still prefer to have this raised a bit more.
All in all, though, I’m happy with the whole thing. My feet do hurt a little more by the end of the day and I have discovered serious inadequacies in my shoe wardrobe from the point of view of sufficient support, but all in all I like it and have no plans to revert to the old way. I do still sit down to review paperwork and can in a pinch compute from a seated position, but I think I’m standing up for the foreseeable future. If you can manage it without too much expense, I’d recommend you try it.