If you're anything like me and have a desk job you will sit for long periods of the day and it's very unhealthy according to lots of studies.
One thing you can do to change that is to stand - you burn more calories as well as reducing health risks. Yes, it hurts (like hell) at first and you really need a chef's mat to stand on and ideally some hard foam 'things' you can put one foot on to allow you to change your position. You can also get 'standing stools' like the Mogo to give a bit of a half-way house:
One obvious reason not to stand though is your desk - it needs to be higher. Normally you don't stand all day long so you need two levels. I have tried using a home-made version (with Ikea parts for about $25) which did work but to be able to swap you need two monitors which you can no longer use as two monitors together so have to switch which one is active and also have a big thing taking up all the space on the desk. Having the keyboard switchable was messy and the leads got in the way / tangled. It just felt very cluttered and claustrophobic and made working difficult so I eventually stopped using it.
The idea solution is a motorized desk which can adjust itself with the push of a button and raise up and down between sitting and standing mode. This way your desk setup stays as it is, monitors, computer, keyboard and mouse. Last time I was looking though these typically cost north of $1000 which is a lot to pay for a desk.
But not any more !
Ikea now have a motorized desk which is $599 CDN and I think $449 USD. They also have 'side' versions of it for a little more. It's called the Bekant and I played with one in-store and it seemed to work great.
Sadly though you can't order online (or at least, I refuse to pay an exorbitant $199 for delivery) and they don't have them in stock in Calgary (I want the plain desk, not a 'side' one) so you'll have to wait for a proper personal review but as soon as I can get my hands on one I'll let you know.
Here's a couple of reviews:
The only thing that is really missing is preset height settings which would be nice but I could live without that (it would be great if an upgraded controller could be added in future to provide it).
Anyone else desk-bound tried or thought about the standing options?