Stand up desks are becoming quite hip, even making it onto an episode of The Office. And speaking of hips (and, indeed, lower backs), have you heard about the health benefits of using a standing desk? The evidence seems conclusive that sitting all day is terrible for your lumbar spine, increases the risk of heart disease, and piles on the pounds. One thing for sure, although often overlooked, is that standing to write is nothing new.
Thomas Jefferson designed a six-legged standing desk, with the extra pegs adding stability. The great British statesman Benjamin Disraeli, like many of his Victorian age, preferred to be on his feet when writing. Though he far preferred dictation as his primary composition method, Disraeli’s countryman and fellow Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, followed suit when he picked up his fountain pen.
Elevated standing desks were not just confined to the offices of heads of state. Many authors felt like standing up to work got their creative juices flowing. Ernest Hemingway considered it soft to sit and, before him, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf scrawled away at a standing desk.
It is only in the past 100 years that we’ve been taught that if you’re writing, you should be sitting. Many older British and American universities still have standing desks in their libraries, and pictures of 19th century offices show sit/stand combo desks. Apparently we don’t get smarter over time, at least in this case.
Why has it taken so long to rediscover the truth that hunching over at a desk for 40 hours a week is far from a good idea, and that standing can boost productivity and, arguably, longevity?
Consider seeing what this old, yet new craze is all about. Visit www.MultiTable.com and select your own standing desk base & top so you yourself can experience the health benefits of a height adjustable desk or table. If they’ve done it in the past, it can’t be that bad.
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