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    I remember mark posted about working standing up. This is an interesting idea, especially if you can add in an adjustable table to go from a stand to sitting position. With LCD screens you might be able to get a screen holder that can pivot in any direction to allow you to work from standing to sitting.

    At home I do a lot of 3d computer graphics (i'm trying to get a job creating game character for computer/video games) which require long hours sitting. I also tend to lean back in my chair or hunch forward to draw on my Wacom tablet, which probably isn't very good back wise either. Any suggestions on decent chairs and desk for the home and future job?
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    I am adding something similar to my office:
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    • #3
      I like the treadmill idea, although it would be hard to focus on it.

      The swopper hehe looks interesting yet overpriced

      http://www.thehumansolution.com/swopper.html

      A fidgety chair you can move all around in.
      http://www.ergodepot.com/HAG_Capisco_p/8106.htm

      Same with the adjustable desk.

      http://www.beyondtheofficedoor.com/MAY-6XXLTC.php#tabs
      Nice idea but horrible cost. Hopefully they will get more popular and drop in price by the time I get a new job.

      An exercise ball! It might work!
      Last edited by strom; 06-14-2010, 07:30 PM.
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      • #4
        They are some crazy devices guys.
        Yep, no arguing with the standup workstation, wish i could.
        Best solutions i know are as follows:

        Keep your back straight, bum out, still on a stool if you can.
        Dont wear your shoes at your desk.
        Roll a tennisball under your feet, its so good for you!!!

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        • #5
          Sitting on the ball unfortunately deflates the ball quicker. So you would probably have to pump the ball up a lot.
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          • #6
            I wish I had a standing work station.


            If you find yourself slouching, try raising your monitors to eye level, or get a lower chair... I've done the latter.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by strom View Post
              Sitting on the ball unfortunately deflates the ball quicker. So you would probably have to pump the ball up a lot.
              Not if it's a good quality ball and you keep the area clear of staples, paper clips, etc. I have 2 FitBALL "chairs" and I pump up the one at work about every 3 months and I have yet to have to add air to the one I've been using at home for over year.

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              • #8
                How do you like using them for home purposes? Do you ever get tired and try to lean back too much?
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                • #9
                  I modified my computer station at home so I could stand up. I tend to sit way too much, still. I found a barstool thats the perfect height >.>
                  but I adjusted my screen so I need to stand up to actually see properly.
                  Its a work in progress.
                  Calm the f**k down.

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                  • #10
                    I started a new job in May. I have a regular sit desk, but modified a book shelf to hold my laptop so I can stand and work. I love it. My back feels better.

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                    • #11
                      I have so far not been able to convince the powers that be that a standing desk would be beneficial to me, so for now I sit on a fitness ball at work. I'm on it all day, M-F and I love it! Better posture and I can move around. I do a lot of bouncing, small stomach crunches, etc. I bought a ball from Target for $15 and I've only had to pump it up a few times, and when I do it takes just a minute or two. Highly recommend.

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                      • #12
                        I converted my desk to a stand up station a few months ago. It took some getting used to but I loved it. I was pretty dedicated and had no money so I literally stacked up a bunch of books on top of my regular desk to raise everything up.

                        Now my husband has built me a proper workstation - it still looks ghetto (old desk is still underneath but it makes for great storage) but now I stand all day and don't think twice about it. I end up moving around a lot, dancing to the music playing while I type) and I don't feel so wiped out at the end of the day like I used to when I would sit all day. Eventually I want to purchase myself the treadmill desk. I looked around for treadmills that didn't have all the structure around it (just the belt part that you walk on) so it would fit under my desk but I can't see that those exist anywhere.
                        Last edited by divafern; 07-12-2010, 11:44 AM. Reason: clarification

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                        • #13
                          As I understand the results of sitting research (google this term), the big problem is sitting too long. E.g.,
                          www.womenshealthmag.com/health/sedentary-lifestyle-hazards

                          The key, it would seem, is to not sit too long. Get up and do something standing or moving. IMHO, you do not have to stand all day, let alone walk on a treadmill. That's chronic cardio so far as I'm concerned.

                          Grok did not find a big rock or log to work on so he could make arrowheads while jogging in place. That would have been an absurd waste of energy.

                          Also, sitting on an exercise ball apparently does not help. Can't find the reference just now.

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                          • #14
                            In my job I'm constantly moving (from cubicle to cubicle... fucking sadly) so I don't sit all the time, when I do I enjoy reclining... I wouldn't want to stand all day. The stool idea Mark suggested is interesting, maybe a stool with wheels though..
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                            • #15
                              Actually it would be helpful to be able to sit leaning forward with support. I tend to lean into my work. one chair that is interesting is the Hog Capisco, ridiculously expensive. Are there chairs designed for stretchsitting like Elaine Gokhale's book?
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