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I've been sitting at the computer such long hours lately that my whole body hurts when I stand up. Lately, I've been hearing about people who work at stand-up desks, and claim it's a lot better for them. Does anybody have any direct experience with doing that?

I have to say, that typing standing up sounds really weird to me, and that's what I do, type, but others have done it, so...

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Submitted by hipparchia on

get up and move around. frequently, like every 20 minutes or so.

the people i've heard of go back and forth between a standing desk and the usual sitting desk we all know and love.

a common thing that most people don't realize -- monitors are almost always too low. they should be up where [iirc] you're looking straight ahead at the top 1/3 or 1/2 of the screen.

Submitted by jm on

is important if you'll be doing a lot of typing at the desk. I made myself a stand-up desk several years ago because of a space constraint. The top of the desk stands about an inch above the top of my hip bone. This was before the internet, I sized it so that I could read material set on it. It also worked pretty well for writing by hand. But, it is too high to comfortably do keyboard work. Arm length is also a factor to take into account.

One way to determine what would work for you is to mock up your situation using scrap wood, bricks, blocks, etc. Experiment with different heights for a few hours at a time. Just be sure everything's stable before you use it.

You might also consider a desk with an adjustable top, or, as shown in the link twig posted, buy one that is on the short end of your spectrum and raise it with blocks under its feet.

Submitted by regulararmyfool on

I had tunnel carpel syndrome before it was named. I quit any job that required typing or a keyboard.

Experienced typist clued me in. Get a chair that moves in all directions. That everything moves on. Get an adjustable monitor stand. Get extensions for all cables to computer.

Get clock and every hour, get up and move around for five to ten minutes, just doing stretching exercises. Before leaving, set the chair, the table and the distance to the monitor to the lowest settings. When you come back, reset to comfortable.

I followed her advice for the last 15 years that I worked and never had problems again.

I have constant back pain since the 1970s. The only change that I have made is that I use a recliner on wheels to sit at the computer, and I use a 47" diagonal computer screen as a monitor so that I can move around. This works for me.

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Submitted by quixote on

The real issue is to change position, as several others have also pointed out. You could sit on a pilates ball, move to a standing desk (or even better, if your maker skills are better than mine, a walking treadmill arrangement), then a regular chair, or a work-stand-plus-exercise-bicycle arrangement. And so on. (Oh, and go deal with those veg that need winterizing!)

Most important: do what feels comfortable and that results in NOT hurting when you step away from the screen. For me, for instance, the advice to have the monitor high enough up to be looking straight at it would have been terrible. I developed neck strain after too much computering, and then ignored that advice. I used my laptop in the same general position as you would a book, looking down, and that was far less irritating to those overused muscles.