It’s time to take a stand. A stand against a flat butt that is!
Do you work from home, or have an office job where you are sitting all day? I do!! Now, let me say… I love my job and wouldn’t have it any other way (working from home that is). Working from home is great for many reasons! I get to work in my jammies, I don’t have to go out in the cold or drive on snow covered roads, I can keep a clean house, make my own hours, meet up with my friends during the day for coffee, sleep in whenever I want, stay up as late as I want, and take days off whenever I feel like it. It’s all a win win for me. EXCEPT for one thing. My BUTT is getting flat and wide.
Before working from home I have had jobs/businesses where I was on my feet and on the go. Being a candle maker I was up and down stairs all day, never sat down… ever! Owning a bar, on my feet all day and never sitting down and lifting cases of beer and pop all day. So, the last 11 years of my life I have pretty much never sat for any job… until 3 years ago. Dec 1, 2011 when we were done being bar owners, I took on blogging full time and boy oh boy… my BUTT has paid the price. I seen a friend and fellow blogger post about how she bought a table to construct a stand up desk and my wheels started to turn.
Now, I am not one to go and buy new stuff. Nope, I like my furnishings in my home to be old, used, vintage, or hand made. Our home is more rustic, unfinished old floors, lots of wood, beams, logs, etc. I had an old desk, that was pretty beat up, from my sister. It was big, ugly and just didn’t fit my home or vision of my perfect desk. Check it out ~
See, big, bulky, and ugly. It served the purpose of what I needed, but the fact is I was sitting about 12 hours a day. (some days more)
I told my hubby about what I wanted, we put our heads together and came up with the perfect stand up desk for me and our home.
You see the wicker/wood drawer unit? Well I had 2 of them and they came from my Mom. When my Mom passed away my Dad gave them to me so they are very special to me. They are used, beat up, but were the perfect height and just what I needed for my desk. We put one on each end so the one I use for my business supplies, and the other one is facing the other direction for other stuff like dog treats, decks of cards, cribbage boards, phone books, etc. We bought a laminated piece of wood that is 35″ x 60″ and I stained it a light honey pine color. It fits perfectly in place on top of the wicker/wood drawer units. As you can see, I like old crates, wooden boxes, primitive goodies and pictures.
I have been using this new stand up desk for about a month now and am in love. I bought a tall padded bar stool with a back on it for when I am just fatigued and need to sit. The first week, boy oh boy did I hurt. My legs would just ache and my lower back and abs.. yes even my abs, would just burn. My BUTT.. well it was aching too! It is a HUGE change to go from sitting all day to standing all day, when you have been sitting all day for just over 3 years now, and so it will take my body some time to adjust. I was sent some product for review called Salonpas and have been using that to ease some of my pain. It helps some, but not all. But, the fact that I went from one extreme to another pretty much overnight might not have been a smart move LOL!
I have to honestly say that I wish I had done this 3 years ago. I didn’t know people used stand up desks. It has helped my IBS-C some, helped me to feel more energy through the day, I feel more productive, and I don’t find myself sitting at the desk staring at my computer even when there is nothing to be done online. I stand at my desk, then go do dishes, play with the dog, pick up the house here and there, and I can even watch TV from my desk so that is a win win too!
Do you work from home and sit all day? I strongly urge you, for your health, to check out building a stand up desk. You will love it and your body will thank you. I have noticed a huge change in my butt, legs and abs in only a month. I find that I do squats and leg lifts and more stretching during the day while standing and working. Love it!
PS… do you see my big book on the desk. That is my Blogging Planner which I love. If you are a blogger, you so need to get one!