Taking a Stand — for Standing Up: Part II

In last week’s blog, I shared that I recently accepted that resistance is futile and joined the “stand up at work” movement.

So how’s it going? Well, I just finished up my fourth week and am still figuring out the balance of sitting and standing that’s right for me. The nice thing about my job is that it consists of writing, doing layout and meetings/interviews for articles. So this means that I’m not bound to standing at my desk the entire day.

The pain in my glute and hamstring isn’t as noticeable throughout the day, which is nice. But I don’t think that I have a real clear picture of whether this idea is a complete “fit,” because I think my body is still adjusting to the change. 

I did bring in an old personal laptop so that I could sit down to write and send emails when standing gets too tiring. And let me tell you, it is tiring. I consider myself to be pretty “fit” — hence the blog name — but after standing for most of the day and working out, I am beat. It makes me wonder how I worked eight-hour days in retail throughout high school…

I try to stand for a few hours at a time and then sit for 30 minutes to an hour and repeat the cycle. This seems to be a good approach, and I haven't felt as tired as I did a few weeks ago. 

One challenge is shoes. My computer is set up is for me when I’m wearing flats — not heels. So I keep a pair of flats next to the desk and swap out shoes when I’m headed to meetings or lunch. It’s a bit of a pain, but I’m adapting. (The real pain is when I wear my boots with heels that zip!)

I stand on a padded mat, which I understand is a must with this type of arrangement. This helps my feet from getting too achy. But I am debating whether I need to get a pair of shoes with better support to keep for this purpose. (I’m facing the harsh reality that maybe my J. Crew driving moccasins aren’t the best fit for standing hour after hour.)

Regardless of the aches and pains, I have to say that my standing arrangement is certainly more of a “fit” than a “miss.” If you have the choice, I’d say go for it — and take a stand for standing up!

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