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From Sitting To Standing While Typing: Why You Need To Change Your Working Habit

Bakari Chavanu 23-06-2012

Writing full-time keeps me sitting at a desk nearly eight hours a day. My office chair is not one of those Lexus ergonomic models designed to take away the pain of sitting, and though I’ve tried using “take a break” apps like Time Out, I often sit way too long for my health.


So after reading articles and studies about standing while typing, I decided to try it for myself. This article is about my experiment with changing a habit we take for granted.

Why Stand?

A few published studies conclude that, “Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity.” While the fear of death did not make me get out of my chair more often, back fatigue and lack of energy certainly did.


I find that throughout the day when I sit in my chair too long, I become increasingly sluggish, hitting a high point of brain drain by around three in the afternoon, sometimes sooner. And on days when I ignore the “take a Break” reminders, I become completely burned out with hardly any energy left in the evening.

I try sitting straight up on the edge of my chair, taking a stretch every thirty minutes, and sometimes getting around to actually taking a break. But I have discovered that none of these activities are as helpful as standing while typing.


Going From Sitting To Standing

After using a makeshift standing “desk” (left photo below), I slowly eased myself into standing at my little MacBook Air workstation while facing a large window to my backyard. While I never intended to use my Macbook Air in this manner (because the small screen doesn’t provide the power of my MacPro setup), with three monitors, I found that typing while standing can often be an energy boost to my work.


I wrote the first draft of this article using my Macbook Air on top of a WorkEZ stand (above right photo). After conducting several web searches , I couldn’t find an affordable standing desk that fitted my needs. I settled on the WorkEZ because it is affordable and more ergonomic than the makeshift plastic shelf setup (I do have some issues with the WorkEZ Executive Stand which you can read in my Amazon review to find out more).

For the first days of standing while typing, I mainly did it in short spurts – checking my my RSS feeds, browsing the net, and answering a few emails. At first I found long periods of standing uncomfortable. I thought how could this be better if I’m constantly moving my feet, and switching my weight from one leg to another?


But after the third day I realized that moving my feet, and stepping away from the laptop was exactly the point of standing while typing. I’m not sure how many calories I’m burning while working in this position (my wife who is a doctor claims the body does burn calories while standing), but I do know I’m stretching my body more and am taking breaks a lot better than when I sit at my computer for long stretches of time.

I have even found that drinking glasses of water while I am standing and typing is also an energy boost. Standing and typing causes me to be more focused and not spend as much time browsing the net as I normally would. It’s a lot easier to take a break because I’m already standing.

Tips On Standing

As I worked on researching and writing this article, Saikat, one of the editors here at MUO reminded me about affordable desks at IKEA. I hadn’t visited IKEA in over ten years, but I took a trip to the store with my daughter, and she helped me put together a really nice standing desk setup, costing a little over $100, that not only looks better than the original desk, but I am now able to use my MacPro and three monitors.

Standing desk


One of the important things I’ve learned so far about posture and standing while typing is that it is indeed better to type with your hands near waist level. With my makeshift setup, I typed using the laptop keyboard. On the IKEA desk setup, I use a Logitech solar keyboard that sits on a WorkEZ stand, which partially leans down and makes it easier on my wrist as I type.

I also found that having the computer elevated at eye level as much as possible is very important. You get a lot of neck strain when you have to look down at the keyboard and screen. In fact, with the IKEA desk I plan to purchase a riser that is a few inches higher than the one I use now.

The WorkEZ setup turned out not to be tall enough for me. So when you research a standing desk setup, try to have a good idea about the height you need for standing and your workflow.

Keyboard waste level


I also found that using a text editor called Byword is better for typing because it features Typewriter Mode, in which the text scrolls up while typing. This prevents you from having to look at the bottom of the screen as you type. I wish the Typewriter Mode feature was a part of every text editor I use.

Finally, you may be wondering if I now stand all day at my workstation. Nope, not a chance. Unless you’re very athletic or work out at the gym, I don’t suggest trying to stand all day. I alternate between standing and sitting at a barstool. I find when I’m experiencing a computer related problem, I definitely need to sit because I’m at my stress point. But I mostly stand when I type articles as I’m doing now. I move away from my desk a lot more, such as when I am waiting for an application to launch, or just pull back, take a stretch, and think about what I’m going to type next. It’s especially cool to fire up some dancing music as I stand typing, which increases the blood flow.

If you stand on a hardwood floor, you might also invest in some sort of mat that can be more comfortable on your feet. I stood barefoot on a carpet, and after a few weeks I didn’t feel as much pain as I did in those first few days.

Making the transition from sitting to standing is not easy, but as the research says, I have found that our bodies are not made for sitting all day. We should be moving around, and I have certainly found that to be the case.

Do you stand while typing? What has the experience been like for you? If you have a photo of your standing desk, feel free to share a link.

Related topics: Ergonomics, Health, Touch Typing, Workspace.

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  1. Bakari Chavanu
    December 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Yep, James, it's essential if you work at your computer all day. I also like how I just come in my office and do something on the computer without sitting down to do it.

  2. Sue
    December 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You might want to look into an Air desk at airdesks.com. After having some serious back surgery, I was unable to pick up my laptop. I got one of these, and was able to swing my laptop back and forth to work without having to lift it. They also make a taller version if you want to stand while working, and the height is adjustable.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Sue, I'll check it out.

  3. Natalie
    November 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    There are a ton of options for making your own "standing desk" (believe me, I've tried a few myself at home.)
    But the thing that all of these lack-- even the ever popular Ikea "standing desk" that you mention-- is the ability to move between sitting and standing.
    I use a NextDesk at work. It is an adjustable height desk that moves from sitting to standing, smoothly, electronically, and I don't even need to pause in what I'm doing when I want to take a "sitting break" during the day.
    After 8 hours of standing, I promise you'll need a sitting break. It's also better for your metabolism to alternate and move around.
    Anyway, I just thought you guys would like to check them out: [Broken URL Removed]

    Thanks very much for the post!


    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:26 am

      Thanks for sharing this, Natalie.

  4. Jeb Scannell
    October 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Mr. Chavanu,

    You wrote a very good article. I sit and stand through out the day using a draftsman chair and our OfficePro/10 configured for stand up applications — It is built to last for many years of use and will roll to wherever you need it.


    Jeb Scannell

  5. Len Ferstman
    September 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    what is the source of the adjustable laptop stand in the first image near the top of this page

    //www.makeuseof.com/tag/from-sitting-to-standing-while-typing-why-you-need-to-change-your-working-habit/ ?

    who manufactures or sells it?

  6. Kamron Kunce
    July 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for raising awareness of the risks involved with sitting down for long periods of time. Most people don't realize the ill effects it has on the body. Time for a change.

    The UpDesk is the perfect solution. It's a height-adjustable desk that smoothly transitions up or down with a touch of a button (or manual crank). You'll find that we're competitively priced as well.

    We would love to earn your business and recommendation! Help us raise the standard... one desk at a time.

    Kamron Kunce
    Director of Social Media at UpDesk

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Kamron for sharing another resource. http://myupdesk.com/

      • Kamron Kunce
        July 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        My pleasure! Please let me know if you have any questions at all regarding UpDesk. I'm happy to help out.

        Kamron Kunce
        Director of Social Media

  7. Shawn Ashree Baba
    July 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I can say from experience that sitting for long periods of time can cause serious back problems. Thanks for this article!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Shawn, I can totally concur with that. Thanks for your feedback.

  8. Mark Mathson
    July 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the great post, Bakari.

    I too find standing as opposed to sitting all day much more conducive to productivity. I do stand while typing and haven't found it challenging.

    I actually just wrote about my experiences after 30 days of going from sitting to standing while working: http://progressforge.com/experience-using-standing-desk-30-days/

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 12, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Thanks, Mark, for your feedback. Like how you break down the pros and cons of standing while working. I have to admit that I tend to use my barstool about half the time because standing for long periods puts a lot of weight on my feet. But setting in a barstool is still better than an office chair. I can hop off the stool at anytime and stand like I'm doing now.

  9. Tom
    July 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Great article.

    A cheap and very good solution (for those in the UK, at least) is the Lavolta Folding Laptop Table Desk Tray Stand with Mouse Board and Cooling Pad (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00882KUQ6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 ) for the keyboard and mouse (because it has a mouse pad) and the Portable Folding Laptop Table Stand Desk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004JHTELG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00 ) for the laptop (because it goes higher than the Lavolta).

    I haven't sat down to work for over 3 days now.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 4, 2012 at 1:49 am

      Tom, thanks for your feedback. These products look like the EZ Workstation I refer to in the article. And yes they can be useful if you're only using a laptop. In my case, I needed a way to use desktop computers and monitor. But yep, the EZ setup can be useful, and it's a little more attractive than a makeshift setup. I just caution people to be sure to purchase a setup that fits their height.

      • Tom
        July 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Yes, it is very similar to the EZ, but the EZ is not easy to get in the UK. Hence my comment.

        I am about 1.83m (6'0"), and the top of my screen is about the same height as the middle of my forehead when the stand is placed on an average-sized table.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          July 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          You chose right. Based on my conversation with the salesman of my EZ Workstation, I ended up buying one that was about an inch+ too low.

  10. Hedley
    June 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hi Bakari,

    Thanks for the article. I need to do something like this. I have very limited space but that extending laptop stand with the separate keyboard in the picture right at the top of your article where the young woman is standing typing seem ideal for my situation. I cannot work out if it is one of the pieces of equipment you mention or not. Can you tell me what it is and where it can be purchased?


    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Yes Hedley, the workstation you're referring to is WorkEZ. I think I provide a link to the site in the article. If you decide get it, you might want to get the tallest setup. The one I got (which I no longer use now because I have the IKEA workstation) was a little too short for my height. I read that it's best try to have your monitor at eye level when both standing and sitting.
      Thanks for your feedback.

  11. Robert Perrett
    June 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I have a ComputerDeskOverTreadmill that I like to walk on, and as well as stand on as well when I get tired of walking. Check out my website http://www.robertperrett.com

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Cool setup, Robert. I wish had those kinds of DYI skills. Getting some exercise while on the computer seems like positive multi-tasking. Thanks for sharing.

  12. David Sinclair
    June 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/). Here's a blog post describing my adjustable-height desk: [Broken URL Removed]

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Oh cool, man, that looks sweet. Also like how it manages wires. And that Comfort Mat really helps?

      • David Sinclair
        June 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        Thanks. Yes, the anti-fatigue mat really does help. I typically have bare feet in warm weather (since I work from home), and even with carpet my feet get sore after standing for a while. The mat makes it like standing in a good pair of shoes. It also encourages moving my feet, since it compresses and thus provides less padding if I stay in one spot.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          June 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

          Just added it to my Amazon wish list. Will probably order it next month, because even with the carpet, my feet can get a little sore from standing. Thanks again for this.

  13. Ben
    June 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Sitting all day is definitely not a good way to go health wise. Standing while working part of the time is certainly an improvement. I personally have a simple 15 minutes physical workout routine which I do every 2 hours or so. It involves a fair amount of stretching and push-ups. However this is something you can only do when you work from home. Standing while working would certainly work well in offices.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Ben, I need to incorporate something like this as well. I don't do any type of exercising, except walking around a couple of blocks maybe three times a week.

  14. Jamie VanRaalte
    June 26, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I like this. Definitely interesting read.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Jamie. Really appreciate it.

  15. Catherine McCrum
    June 26, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I sure hope you are going to have a contest for one. I like the idea of sitting or standing. I feel doing either all the time is wrong but mixing it up seems healthier.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Catherine, that would make a great contest prize–a decked out standing workstation! Pretty cool. And you're right, the key is to mix it up. That's what I do.

  16. David Hawkins
    June 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I have been fiddling with the idea of standing, walking, cycling or other options at my desk. There are so many things to think about in designing something that makes sense, and something that is practical. Unfortunately not all designs will fit into what would appear to be a reasonable office.

    Here is one example of my efforts to do something interesting:
    [Broken Link Removed]

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Hey David, thanks for sharing your article and photos. I will read it more detail. The cycling setup in that first photo looks pretty cool for doing some serious workouts while typing and surfing the net. Glad to hear that it has help you physically. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Austin Halsell
    June 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I researched this a little bit about a week ago. After a quick google search I found a wealth of articles that cited studies about the dangers of sitting. If you only read a little further, you find that most of them mention or even focus on the fact that simply standing is not enough. Apparently, sitting affects us immediately and standing does little to nothing to actually stop or slow these affects. What is recommended, however, is taking frequent breaks to stretch, walk, and/or do a quick office workout. Standing is not what our bodies need, but regular intervals of movement. I thought it was pretty useful. I've since started taking 5 min walk every half hour or so and have noticed a big difference. I seem to be running and exercising easier and am in a good mood more consistently. Aim for 4-6 movement breaks throughout the da. Try it out; it doesn't have to be a lot of exercise, just more moving more often.

    These are just a few of the articles I found through Google:



    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:01 am

      Thanks Austin for including these articles. I thought about adding more research studies to the article, but I felt that readers like yourself would do that if interested. I'm going to read the links you posted. Thanks.

  18. Sheryl
    June 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I'm curious - the IKEA setup with the adjustable legs - can you move that up and down easily like the workflow setup? I want a work station that allows me to sit and stand both. Plus I have 3 pcs, 2 monitors, mouse and keyboards (one tented) - and I need room to write.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:00 am

      Sheryl, the IKEA setup I have allows you to adjust the legs, but after you have everything on top of the table, you really can't readjust them. Each leg has to be twisted a certain way to make them stable.

      • Sheryl
        June 26, 2012 at 4:07 am

        Thank you. I was afraid of that.

  19. Andrew Wetmore
    June 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I've been using a walking work station for several years now, basically your standing setup augmented with a stepper I bought from Brookstone for $100. It's only powered by me, so I can walk at any pace I want or stand still. I probably walk five or six hours in an eight hour day, and because I am constantly moving the varicose vein issue is dramatically reduced.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 3:58 am

      Interesting idea, Andrew. I think I deal with the varicose vein issue by walking around as I work, and then when I do feel a strain on my legs, I simply sit at my barstool.

  20. Sheryl
    June 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I started experimenting with standing up while transcribing 10 years -When I want to stand I put an ironing board in front of my desk and move the keyboard to the ironing board and move the monitor to a raised platform on my desk, put on my cushiest slippers and I'm good to go. I agree that standing-up typing does help focus.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Aww, the ironing board. Good makeshift idea, Sheryl. But how do you view the screen on the laptop? Do you tilt it back and just look down? I'm thinking I'd be too tall for that. I'm still getting used to standing while typing, but I really like the activity of walking into my office and posting comments and writing short emails without ever sitting at my desk–or just sitting at barstool.

      • Sheryl
        June 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

        (I hope I'm not doing this twice because my reply disappeared)

        I move my tiltable monitor to the "printer" platform of my desk - luckily I'm only 5' tall so this is enough for me. I bought a used Trekdesk (broken link removed) last month - thinking I could just sit a chair on the treadmill when I wanted to sit down and type. I'm too short for the adjustable height desktop even when its at its lowest setting! So disappointed because the top of that was big enough for everything I use. And I could have used the treadmill when I wasn't working. Back to the drawing board with my tiny little budget.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          June 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

          Sheryl, sometimes you might not see your comment after it you hit the Post Comment button, because it needs to be approved. However, you should see a thank you message after you hit the blue button.

  21. michael westyn
    June 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I am the Ergonomics team lead at my company (and a trained Ergonaut) and oversee the workstation setups in offices, labs, and even greenhouse environments. If that doesn't keep me busy enough my primary job is IT solutions ans support. One thing that has become immensely popular in the past year is sit-stand stations. Because it is WAY too costly to provide a raisable desk for everyone, we found these great stations that attach your primary pc, and/or laptop with up to 2 monitors (or 1 monitor and 1 laptop)...they are made by Ergotron and are called the Workfit Series (http://www.ergotron.com/tabid/71/Default.aspx scroll down).

    The greatest thing about them is that they are AFFORDABLE, and they are incredibly STABLE, simply clamping to your existing desk, After working in IT for the past 12+ years, I've seen some over-priced monstrocities that were absolutely terrible not only to setup from the IT perspective, but also to work on--most "Arm" style mounts are notoriously unstable and 'bounce' when you type, or move around (usually 'sinking').

    I would first recommend their Workfit-S as it is an upright that mounts to your desk and simply slides up and down with an adjustable counterbalance system. They come almost completely assembled and include clear instructions and all the tools needed to assemble the rest, not to mention wire-ties and cable-braiding to give it a very clean installation.

    Surprisingly, for an 'arm' style, their Workifit-A series is stable...I actually am typing on one now. I always recommend the 'S' series first, but If you have a setup that demands an articulating mount, then this is what you want. Also, if you are over 6'2", you may want this as it does raise higher than the 'S' series. The 'A' series do take a little more skill and patience to assemble, but you don't need any great mechanical skill to put it together...just follow the instructions and use the included tools.

    One last point that I'll stress with these models is that they have some accessories you can buy to make them more useful...larger keyboard trays, document holder, work surface, etc.

    I do NOT work for their company or get any money for recommending them...I have installed about 20-30 of these at our work site and still have requests for more. After using one myself, I can tell you its worth it.

    And if you don't like it, or need your desk surface for something, you can remove it in about 5-10 minutes.

    Oh, and if you will be standing on a hard floor, make sure you have a good mat to stand on--there are many good ergo mats out there.

    I hope that helps you guys!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Micheal, thanks for sharing your link. I have actually seen these flexible monitors, and they seem like a good idea.

  22. Oron
    June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Interesting article! I've been thinking about getting a standing up setup myself, so it's great to read about the experience of someone who has actually done it.
    You use approximately 10% more calories standing up than sitting, so that would be another bonus, albeit a minor one.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Yep Oron, my wife who is a family physician, says the same thing about burning calories while standing. I haven't tested for that yet, but I don't gain calories sit down a lot. Thanks for the feedback.

  23. Mayur Godhani
    June 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I never tried standing while typing before. Everyday, I work on computer around 8-10 hours sitting on the chair..
    When i started blogging i was in pain, headache and more.. but now i am being free from this all side effects... !!! without having any tablets and prescription...
    Because I love my work :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 3:49 am

      Mayur, I'm not sure what you mean not having any "tablets and prescription…"

      • Mayur Godhani
        June 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

        I mean, in most cased web designers, bloggers who sit whole day on computer facing problems of headache, waist pain etc.
        so i used the words that, "not having any tablets and prescription…" because i am not facing such kinds of any problems even sitting on computer whole day approx 8-9 hours.

        PS: Sorry for late response to your reply :(

        • Bakari Chavanu
          June 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          Thanks for cleaning that up, Mayur.

  24. Julia Hamilton
    June 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I agree with standing every once in a while but why not just invest in Dragon Speaking Naturally software through Nuance?
    It is a voice recognition software that can save you tons of time by doing your typing for you. It can also be used with a wireless headset that would allow you to dictate what you want to write and also allow you the freedom to move around your office without the need of added furniture.
    I have just ordered this software and am anxious for it to arrive so I am not tied to a keyboard or my desk.

    • Uncle Ed
      June 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      I bought a copy of Dragon just before I had rotator cuff surgery. (5-6 weeks wearing a sling) It works fairly well, but be prepared to put A LOT of time into getting it to work well for you. The advertising literature is a little um, optimistic. You'd expect this for advertising, of course. However, you need to be prepared for the time you spend learning it and getting it to understand your speech to cut severely into your productivity for a few weeks, at least.

      Learn to proofread carefully or get someone to proofread for you, because the errors will be numerous for a while. OTOH, some of the errors can be amusing, so enjoy them. No matter how I try, "James" comes out "dreams." Since that's my grandson, we've gotten accustomed to it.

      Having said that, it was understood I was "out of action" for that period of time, so my "production" was not a problem. I was able to dictate my email and a few letters fairly well with Dragon, but didn't "type" any long documents that way. It also has the ability to handle control commands ("new document," "check new messages," etc.) but I never made peace with that; learning to use the mouse with the other hand and keyboard shortcuts got me through.

      Good luck!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

      Julia, I actually use Dragon Dictate off and on. It's far from perfect, however, and sometimes it's limitations can actually slow you down. I tend to use DD when my fingers become too tired to type, or when I'm writing the first draft of a project.
      And you're correct, standing and dictating writing can be very useful. I've done that several times even before I set up my standing workstation.

    • David Allen
      June 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

      I have been using Dragon Dictate for nearly a year and I love it. You do have to adapt to make it work better but I find that I can dictate stuff about three times faster. I use DD to make corrections as I go and then do a proof read after that first draft. The proof reading is about as fast as when I have typed it manually. So still overall 3 times faster to produce articles.

      I am looking forward to seeing what we will get in Mountain Lion dictation facilities. With DD I have to dictate into the app then copy and past out to where I want it. With the Mountain Lion I should be able to dictate into whatever application I want.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        June 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        David, you and me both are looking forward to that Mountain Lion feature. I suspect however that it may not have the advance features of DD, though yes you will be able to use it in any application. I could sure use it for writing comments like this one, instead of copying and pasting from DD. I started using the smaller Dragon Express on my Mac, but for some reason it has a bug that prevents me from using other menu bar items when it is open.

      • himagain
        December 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

        Are you talking about an Apple here?
        Oh - sad to say like most things from Apple they have problems in the real world.
        I often forget to check with people who ask about Dragon if they have an Apple product.
        There are always problems with Apples it seems, even after they sneakily absorbed Linux as "their" operating system.
        I certainly couldn't recommend Dragon on an Apple - didn't even know they had a version for it.
        For serious use I always recommend the Premium Edition, anyway.
        It allows them to use a dictation recorder (buy a cheap Sony SX57)
        AND I tell people to save money on their mic. Buy a cheap desktop Logitech $30.

        As for performance, 300% is about average increase - ignoring the health benefits.
        A side bonus is that by learning to speak in a lower tone (works wonders) then you also speak more slowly and sound more authoritative! :-)

        N.B: this was all dictated using Dragon NaturallyPreferred Premium Version 12 on my $30 desktop Logitech microphone with four corrections required)

      • himagain
        December 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

        Of course, all of these great alternative ideas are no substitute at all for getting off your bum and going for a minimum 10 minute walk every 2 1/2 hours and having nothing to look at that is closer than five metres and under no circumstances stare at one of those tiny, tiny screens that everybody seems to carry like a diabetic's syringe. :-)

        Oh, and one really great brain/eye saver is here:
        I even found this on Makeuseof - magic

  25. AK Stout
    June 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Great article to remind people the dangers of being sedentary all day at work. I personally work at a computer all day long but I do it via an exercise bike that has a desk top attachment where I can place my laptop (the product is called the FitDesk) - It's much easier than you may think to pedal while you work - I absolutely love it.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:24 am

      You know, AK, I think an exercise bike is another good option. I've seen those kinds of exercise workstations and I felt like I would be too distracted by the cycling. But it's still a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

      • AK Stout
        June 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        I had the same fear but after I read through all of the reviews on Amazon I was convinced to take it for a spin (literally!) It also helped that they had a 30 day money back guarantee (which of course I didn't need.)

  26. druv vb
    June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Regular computer use (sitting or standing) should be accompanied by repeated pauses and breaks to avoid injuries in the long run.

    As a frequent PC user, I take a break of 5 mins for every 15 mins of constant computer usage, be it surfing / working or playing.

    In those 5 mins I do 3 sets of Squats / Push Ups / Legs, Arms & Hand Stretching / and some eye warming exercises with the palm of the hand.

    This keeps me 'awake and fit' for other work to come...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

      Druv, you're right, and I was trying to take those kinds of breaks on a regular basis, but most of the time I'd simply ignore the timer because I would be too focused on what I was doing. Now that I stand up, I break more because my legs get stiff if I stand too long and don't move around. I'm also spending less time at the computer because I'm not getting comfortable in a chair.

      Thanks for your feedback.

  27. plsburydoughboy
    June 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

    What do we make of the multiple spelling errors you have on this article describing the experience? Do you feel you still need more time to get used to it?

    • Spencer Collins
      June 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Good comment Doughboy! I was amused by the spelling mistakes as well, especially as Bakari described himself as a writer several times throughout the article. Doesn't spell check work when you are standing?

      • Bakari Chavanu
        June 26, 2012 at 4:17 am

        Hmm, Spencer and plsburdoughboy, the only excuse I can give is that we produce a lot content here on MUO, and sometimes spellings, typos, and double words get overlooked in the articles. Your calling us on it will keep us on our toes.

        I just read back over the article and didn't see any spelling errors, but there are two other mistakes we did miss. We try to proofread the articles as many times as possible, but we're not perfect.

        • Spencer Collins
          July 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

          I hope you don't think I was being picky, I did enjoy the article...

        • Bakari Chavanu
          July 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          Thanks, Spencer, appreciate the feedback.

  28. paddy
    June 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I saw a piece on one of the networks some months back about offices allowing workers to work on treadmills during the day. The keyboard and monitor were right in front, and folks would walk and work.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Paddy, you're right. Typing while on a treadmill is also becoming popular, if that is you can afford the setup. It's an interesting way to get some exercise in while attending to some low level work. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Ryan Dube
    June 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Bakari - did you find any weight loss when you started standing more? I'd love to get a unit like this at work, I'm sitting there over 8 hours a day and it's murder on physical health.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Ryan, thanks for asking. I haven't done any tests for weight loss yet. It will probably take more than standing up and typing to really lose weight. But I do feel that I'm burning some calories, and more importantly I'm now taking real breaks. I even fire up some dancing music while I work now, instead of just playing jazz. I pull away from my typing and move around a lot more.

      After I wrote this article, my daughter and I went to Ikea and we found an affordable standing desk, which of course now allows me to use my Mac Pro and three monitors while I stand. I can also just walk into the room and do a quick response to email or comments like I'm doing now, and not need to sit down to do so. I don't waste less time surfing the net when I don't have to.

      Here's a pic of my new standing desk: http://pinterest.com/pin/58335757643894692/

      • Ryan Dube
        June 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Nice desk - you're you're making me consider one for home. Thanks Bakari!

        • Bakari Chavanu
          June 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

          Thanks. I now just need to figure out how to better organize those wires and hide them. I'm inspired now to really remodel or improve my office space.

  30. Bakari Chavanu
    June 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

  31. htnakirs
    June 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Standing long hours has one known risk - varicose veins. Susceptible folks include teachers, preachers etc... and now standing writers.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Htnakirs, good point. I'm not suggesting that anyone stand all day. On the other hand, I was sitting way too much. So now I vary my routine and try to stand about two-thirds of the time.

  32. Rene Gatdula
    June 23, 2012 at 4:46 am

    ...and what about varicose veins..?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 23, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Rene, good point. I'm not suggesting that you stand all day. Since I wrote this article, I started using a barstool in which I sit on about a third of the time throughout my day. Another article also pointed that it's a good idea to check with your doctor about the effects standing all day. Thanks for the question.