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Standing while working

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I work on computers all day long, but luckily we have desks that can raise up and lower down. I'm trying my best to stand as much as possible but end up getting fatigued. I think over the course of a 10 hour day, I'm able to stand about 3 hours or so.

I was just wondering what other people's experience was.

How long can you typically stand before getting tired? I start getting tired at the 1 hour mark.

How long total can you stand throughout the day?

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:55 PM

One thing I've always wondered about was if you worked up a sweat while using the treadmill.. I tend to sweat very easily... even standing still. Last thing I'd want is to be sweating all over my desk at work!

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Out of curiosity, when you squat, do you squat with your heels down on the floor or just with the toes? I'm kind of inflexible so I can only squat with my heels up, and I get tired eventually and fall over.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I'm with you 100% up to the point of doing pushups in the bathroom... no way I'm putting my hands on that nasty floor.... don't think I'm quite paleo enough for that!

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:39 PM

i noticed my feet starting to get tired before anything else.. and I've been wearing minimalist shoes (vivo barefoot) for over 2 years!

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:38 PM

good idea! maybe I'll just bring a yoga mat.. and use it to stand on, then when I want to move around I can do a quicky sun salutation. Then when I get tired i can roll it up and put my butt back in the chair!

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on December 28, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I was wondering how people stand and think. I'm having trouble transitioning to standup because I have to think too dam much.

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

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on December 27, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Get a rubber mat. I think places like staples have them. I got mine on amazon. It makes a pretty decent different on my feet.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:38 PM

good idea! maybe I'll just bring a yoga mat.. and use it to stand on, then when I want to move around I can do a quicky sun salutation. Then when I get tired i can roll it up and put my butt back in the chair!

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on December 27, 2012
at 11:11 PM

The first week was pretty tough, just an hour or two at a time. By the end of the first month I had no complaints. It just took a while to get adjusted to it. I still have a stool that I use if I have to think about something, I can't stand and think :) I'd never go back to a sit down desk now.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:39 PM

i noticed my feet starting to get tired before anything else.. and I've been wearing minimalist shoes (vivo barefoot) for over 2 years!

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on December 28, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I was wondering how people stand and think. I'm having trouble transitioning to standup because I have to think too dam much.

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I've been using a treadmill desk for both walking and standing still. I think it takes time to build up stamina to stand up for longer periods. At first I did an hour standing in the morning, then an hour after lunch. After two to three weeks I was managing to stand for 6 hours out of an 8 and half hour working day.

I found that I was much more comfortable without shoes but wearing a pair of thick socks on. I also found that if I could rest one leg at for about 10 to 15 minutes on a chair while standing on the other I could stand for longer. Leaning against a wall while standing proved to be another comfortable variation. I read somewhere that moving while standing is perfectly natural and we can't expect ourselves to stand rigid straight all the time - this advice served me well.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:55 PM

One thing I've always wondered about was if you worked up a sweat while using the treadmill.. I tend to sweat very easily... even standing still. Last thing I'd want is to be sweating all over my desk at work!

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:51 PM

When I'm using my laptop, I've actually taken to squatting in my chair/on my bed... sure it looks goofy, but it feels great! I figure squatting's a pretty "paleo" position. After all, we know it's optimal for pooping and childbirth lol. Plus, ever notice how much wee ones squat?

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Out of curiosity, when you squat, do you squat with your heels down on the floor or just with the toes? I'm kind of inflexible so I can only squat with my heels up, and I get tired eventually and fall over.

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Do squats while standing up. Do tippy toes. It strenghtens your calfs and glutes. Go for a brisk walk on your break. Do pushups in the bathroom or pullups on the stalls bars. Lift your desk over your head for a full body workout. It's hard being grok and in our artificial 21st century society. Just do what you can when working and go all out on your days off.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I'm with you 100% up to the point of doing pushups in the bathroom... no way I'm putting my hands on that nasty floor.... don't think I'm quite paleo enough for that!

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:27 AM

I try to do about half and half, but I try to do mix it up all day -- I rarely stand OR sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. Luckily my office is set up in such a way that it's easy for me to keep moving from one station to another. I also try to spend part of my seated time on an exercise ball.

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:06 AM

I have a raised desk with all the ergonomic trimmings; but tend not to stand for continuous periods. Rather, I move around, will occasionally take a seat, and will even walk about the campus once or twice during the day.

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3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on December 27, 2012
at 11:59 PM

10 hours is a long day.... 3-4 hours standing and a break midway of sitting seems reasonable.

I'm using an impromptu standing desk at home... a chair on top of my regular desk, heh, it works! I often prop one foot up on the desk surface, then after awhile switch them-- it really seems to help. The leg/hip is then at 'squat' angle. (Regular height desk and I am 5'11). It seems more dynamic. I don't know if this is feasible for you in an office setting, or even if it is beneficial, it just intuitively feels right to me and has made my foray into standing at the computer more comfortable. I have a hard time sitting in the chair for very long now.

I agree that you probably need more time... and the rubber mat seems like a great idea, one I think I will try!

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