Why Use Standing Desks Or Sit to Stand Workstation

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Man and woman happy about the Aha!NOW workstation giveaway

Do you remember the post I wrote on sitting is the new smoking? I wrote about it because sitting is killing and affects many of us.

That was indeed an upsetting post for some but it also made them aware about the harm that sitting for long duration can do to their health.

In that post many readers expressed their desire and interest to know about standing desks, which allows the computer users to work while standing.

But I know that I cannot always stand and write or work.

So, I set out to find the best “sit to stand” working option for people, who sit for long hours working on their computer or laptop. Guess what I found?

I won’t keep it a secret but it will be a surprise – I’ve a $600 worth sit to stand product as giveaway this month! Keep reading to know more about it. 🙂

The idea behind a sit-stand desk is to be able to stand whenever you feel like and still be able to continue working, as you can raise your computer or laptop level while standing and working.

Your sitting desk becomes a standing desk when you want it to be. Now, isn’t this amazing?

I was intrigued by this concept and wanted to check it out further. No, I am not the only one who is excited about a sit to stand desk or workstation.

I checked the Google Trends for “standing desk”, “sit stand workstation” and other related terms, and I saw a tremendous boost since the last few years in the interest for these terms among people.

Google Trends graph showing increased interest in standing desks

With such awareness about the harmful effects of leading a sedentary lifestyle and due to the increased necessity of long sitting, people are opting for stand up options.

My online research brought me to one stand up option that was most popular, talked about, and used – it’s the sit-stand workstations from Ergotron.

Before I talk about the stand up work solutions from Ergotron, I’d like to recap and review the results of my research about the sitting disease as mentioned in this post.

“Sit-stand for wellness and productivity” ~ Ergotron

How Does Excessive Sitting Harm You

Let me emphasize on this fact that sitting is not bad.

What could be bad is sitting continuously without any break, or any kind of physical activity or movement, for a long period of time.

Why? Because it promotes a sedentary lifestyle, which turns the body into a hub of lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic back pain etc.

Therefore, I’ll call it sedentary sitting.

The common problems that people with the sitting disease face are:

  • Restriction of blood circulation in legs
  • Deposition of cholesterol in arteries
  • Lower than required rate of body metabolism
  • Problems of fluid retention in the body due to lack of movement
  • Back injury and spine disk problems
  • Decreased electrical activity in legs

These problems are besides the usual neck, back, and body pain that you experience after continuously sitting for long hours. Here is some more detailed information about the bad effects of sedentary sitting.

Human body diagram showing harmful effects of long sitting on body organs.

Source: MindBodyGreen

As you see in the diagram above, edema or fluid retention can be a serious problem.

You also can suffer from the problems of piles, herniated disk, DVT, and pulmonary embolism if you’re engaged in excessive sitting.

DVT is Deep Vein Thrombosis. No leg movement and less fluid intake risks the formation of clots in legs. These clots can eventually travel to the lungs, heart, or brain and lead to cardiac arrest or brain stroke.

Sitting more also increase your chances of becoming obese, because you don’t burn much of calories while sitting.

Whether you believe it or not, if you don’t take these measures, you’re likely to harm yourself health wise, if your job or daily routine require long sitting hours:

1)          Get up every 20 minutes. Do anything you like, or just stand. If not every 20 minutes, get up after every hour of sitting, walk around for about 10 minutes.

2)          When you sit, don’t sit rigidly for long time. Keep exercising your body parts like the hands, wrists, legs, neck etc. Don’t let them get stiff.

3)          Drink lot of fluid while working, especially when sitting for long hours. This helps in proper blood circulation.

4)          Work on a standing desk for as much time as you can. If you don’t have one, make one, purchase it, or win it over here – the Aha!NOW giveaway!

“Yes, standing is a lot healthier than sitting. That is why a standing desk or sit-stand workstation is what you need for a healthier living.”

“Did you know that your  heart rate increases by 10 beats/min while standing with 50 extra calories burned per hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days, that’s around 750 calories burned.” – BBC

Sitting Desk Vs. Standing Desk

A recent study published by the CDC indicates adjustable sit-to-stand products are an effective solution for reducing prolonged sitting.

You can instantaneously sit or stand as you choose while working on your computer.

Check out this infographic that compares the advantages and disadvantages of standing and sitting desks.

Infographic showing Standing Desk vs. Sitting Desk comparison

Source:   Visual.ly

After going through all this information, aren’t you convinced to use standing desks or sit to stand desks?

Of course, you can’t be standing all the time, and you should not – it might hurt your back more.

You have to mix standing with sitting, so that you stand more and sit less, and this is what brings us to the Ergotron sit-stand workstation.

“Did you know that sitting for long hours on the chair can cut off the circulation at the back of your thighs. It helps to put a bed pillow or two under you as you sit.”

Ergotron Sit-Stand Solutions

If you visit the website of Ergotron, you will be amazed to see so many types of models and solutions to help you sit as well as stand while working.

I was particularly interested in the WorkFit sit-stand workstations of Ergotron.

All models of sit to stand products of Ergotron

Under the categorization of sit-stand solutions, you have stand up desks that can be in the form of desk mounts, full standing desks, or mobile carts.

You can attach the desk mounts to a worksurface, and full desks can be standalone with some type of computer setup that rests on top.

Before you get started to select your sit-stand solution, it would help if you ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to use my existing table and mount the sit-stand solution on to that?
  • Do I want a new sit-stand adjustable table?
  • Do I want to use it for my PC, Apple, laptop, or have it for multiple purpose?
  • Do I want or have room for maneuverability of monitor, keyboard, or both?
  • Do I want to abandon the table and mount the sit-stand computer unit on the wall?
  • Do I want to move the sit-stand workstation from one place to another?

Or you can find the sit-stand product that works best for you by visiting this page.

After a careful reviews of all the products and considering my requirements, and keeping in mind the necessity of all excessive computer users like bloggers, I zeroed down to Ergotron WorkFit A sit-stand workstation.

Here is the image of the WorkFit-A sit-stand workstation unit that I wanted to have for myself (and I got it too!).

Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation

Cool? It really is as sophisticated as it looks. This is the Model or Part Number 24-390-026.

You can learn all about the Ergotron WorkFit solutions from this information brochure.

“The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has designated October as National Ergonomics Month (NEM). The purpose of NEM is to create awareness of human factors and ergonomics”

Ergotron WorkFit-A With Suspended Keyboard Model 24-390-026

I chose the model WorkFit-A with suspended keyboard because by using it I can:

a)  Sit on my existing normal table that is without a keyboard tray.

b)  Take and turn the entire workstation in any direction.

c)  Stand and move around easily while working.

d)  Have a work surface to my disposal.

e)  Swing the workstation away from the table when not in use.

I believe this way I can achieve complete work freedom and accessibility to various work positions using a single sit-stand workstation.

To help you understand and visualize what I’m talking about, I want you to see a video that really got me excited about the WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation.

Ergotron WorkFit: Love the Way You Work ~ YouTube Video

Like it? Would you like to have one?

Well, I didn’t really get excited about the dancing while working part, but the flexibility did impress me. 🙂

Therefore, I didn‘t waste any time and contacted Ergotron, and they were kind enough to send me a review unit.

I was like “WOW” because Ergotron also offered to give one WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation as a giveaway to one of the community members of Aha!NOW. Isn’t that fantastic news! 🙂

“Standing increases the metabolism rate, increases blood flow, burns more calories, as well as improves posture and tones the muscles.” ~ Ergotron

$600 Sit-Stand Workstation Giveaway at Aha!NOW

Now, YOU too can win the sit-stand workstation – the one that you just watched in the video, which Vinay is going to review in the next post – as he has started using it.

You know we love giving away to the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC) and this is going to be the biggest giveaway till now.

Why the biggest?

The retail cost of WorkFit-A sit-stand workstation with different variations and including the shipping cost is up to $600!

In spite of Ergotron being an American company, the good thing is that you need not be a resident of North America to win this giveaway. You can be living in any part of the world and still receive your sit-stand workstation free of cost!

The result of this giveaway worth up to $600 will be announced on 3rd November, 2014.

How to Win The $600 Giveaway At Aha!NOW

It’s very easy and simple.

You do not have to perform tens of useless tasks that you probably do at a raffle giveaway. Instead, you have to do things that you love to do and that are going to be useful to you and others.

Okay, without mincing words , this is what you need to do to win this Sit-Stand Workstation giveaway worth up to $600:

1)      Activate your membership – become an ABC member. Just fill up this form and register yourself.

2)      Be active and participate in the community activities. All you need to do is read posts, comment, share your views, make friends, help others, and discuss issues!

3)      Collect and earn maximum AhaPoints and top the Aha!NOW Blog Community Leaderboard (ABCL) that is displayed on the sidebar. Read this to know how you can earn AhaPoints.

That is all. As simple as ABC and as easy as 123, isn’t it? 🙂

“The Aha!NOW Blog Community member who wins the most AhaPoints will WIN the Sit-Stand Workstation Aha!NOW #Giveaway that is worth up to $600.”

He or she will be entitled to the Ergotron WorkFit-A Workstation. This unit will be sent to your home directly by Ergotron.

Logo of Ergotron

How is this sit-stand workstation – you might ask?

Well, I’ll tell you that Vinay has mainly been using it for some time now, and I can assure you through my personal experience that it is great and definitely very useful in making our working more healthier.

I highly recommend that you sit-stand while working, as it can positively benefit your health, from burning extra calories to improving your posture.

While Vinay is preparing the review post for the Ergotron WorkFit-A Workstation to acquaint you with all its aspects, I’d suggest that you waste no more time and do what is needed to win this AWESOME giveaway!

If you want to register yourself as an ABC member, please note the following:

  • The ABC is a real community of real people. We do not allow fake and faceless members, and even expel inactive members.
  • All members are required to have their recent photo in their member profile. Please simply use your “gravatar email” (you can create one at http://en.gravatar.com/). Please know that member registrations without profile picture will be deleted.
  • Use only the link of your personal blog in the member profile if you are a blogger. If you are not a blogger, do not leave any links – leave that field blank.
  • Do not misuse the features and facilities, nor try gaming the reward system with wrong intentions. Such practice will be counterproductive and you could risk termination of your ABC membership permanently.
  • Please go through the blog community page (http://www.aha-now.com/blog-community/) before starting anything.

However, if you are already an ABC member, then what’s stopping you. Get going!

Remember the early movers are surely going to benefit. But no worries, if you are starting late, you’ll get bonus registration points!

There are many other benefits of becoming an Aha!NOW Blog Community member, and you can read them all here.

So, aren’t you all keen to win this Ergotron Sit-Stand WorkFit-A workstation after reading this post? What are you waiting for – just go ahead and join the ABC NOW! 🙂

October is ergonomics month – let’s spread the word and share healthier working options to bring happiness into our life.

Share Your Thoughts –

What are your views about standing desks? Do you use one or would you like to own a sit-stand desk? Would you like to win the sit-stand workstation giveaway that is worth up to $600?

Photo Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos, Ergotron

RELATED POSTS:

Is Your Sitting Posture Correct

Warning: Sitting Is The New Smoking

Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit Stand Workstation – Review



Last Updated on: June 15th, 2015


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  1. Vishnu

    October 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    I’m on it! I just loved this standing desk! And I’m telling you right now that I’m going to win this giveaway for sure:D Loved the concept and the video was amazing, I really enjoyed the infographic as well.

    On a serious note, this innovation is amazing! As you have mentioned above, this kinda desks have many uses because as a blogger I know how hard is to sit for like 4-5 hours continuously, though we didn’t feel it at that time(except my mom 😛 ) but it’s consequences are visible at night.

    Till tomorrow, I was using a simple office kinda chairs with a wheels on it. Though you don’t like dancing while working but I do 😛
    Yesterday only my chair’s one wheel got broken because I was taking a ride on it and playing.

    I’m sure this standing desks will give me much more liberty to do that. I’ve also a gained a lot of weight too while sitting for hours, this standing desk, I guess will give a bit of ease to that too.

    It’s good to see such kind of health giveaway at aha-now, I’m sure it’s going to take our lovely community to the next level. I congratulate you for this Harleena 🙂

    Thank you and Have a awesome weekend ahead 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Vishnu,

      I’m so glad to know that you like the giveaway!

      I like your confidence and the spirit, and glad that you liked the post as a whole.

      I agree with you that this is really an amazing equipment and solves many of our problems. Not only it helps us make the sit and stand working possible, but it also helps create more space and gives us flexibility in working.

      I also agree that we sometimes do not really feel the effects of continuous sitting while we are working, but then they hit back strongly after work and leave us in pain or discomfort. Not all may feel or experience so, but it so happens generally.

      By what you describe about your working habits, it sounds like this sit-stand product is absolutely fit for you! 😉 Well, you would still need your chair, but yes, you can have the liberty to move around, and dance if you like!

      With time, we’re going to have more giveaways in the community, which I’m sure all “Ahaians” are going to love. Thank you for your good wishes that I’m sure will turn true.

      Thank for your comment and for sharing your thoughts and emotions. Have a great weekend you too! 🙂

  2. Amandah

    October 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Great post Harleena!

    This morning, I had a conversation with my mom about standing and typing. My nephew started a job (good experience) and has been helping clean out office space in the Terminal Tower in Downtown Cleveland. Whatever they find, they can keep. Great! I could use a good office chair, but most importantly, there may be a standing desk or something I can use to create my own standing desk. 🙂

    After I sit for a few hours, I find that I need to get up and move; I’ll go for a walk or run. I also do the Bar Method.

    Have a great weekend!

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Amandah,

      Glad you like the post. Great to know that you nephew is on to a job and good that he can help you with creating your own standing desk. I’m sure the “DIY” standing desk is very much possible. However, a sit-to-stand workstation has its own charm.

      That’s right, I also have the urge to stand and stretch out after sitting and working for sometime. I find that this sit-stand product helps me do that without interrupting my work flow. Though I do also take off completely from work as that has got its own importance.

      It’s good that you carry on the physical activities along with your computer or writing work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. You too have a great weekend! 🙂

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    Rahul Krishnan

    October 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Hello Mam,
    This is the first time I hear about sit-stand work station. Often I feel backpain while sitting before the computer. Thank you so much for your kindful guide lines. I surely adapt it. Will try my luck in this give away.
    Thanks again Mam.

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Welcome to Aha!NOW, Rahul!

      Glad that I was able to create some awareness about the sit-stand work station. This is really great and let me tell you that I’m writing this comment while having the workstation in the “stand” mode. I can anytime put it back to the “sit” mode with just a light push! 🙂

      It’ll be good if you can follow the guidelines and tips given in the post. Even if you take frequent movement breaks, it will do you good.

      Luck favors those who work hard! I’m sure you can be lucky.:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

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    Swadhin Agrawal

    October 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Hello Harleena madam,
    Awesome giveaway. Its the biggest giveaway I have ever seen or heard of. Moreover it is the healthiest giveaway too. So, you are not just giving away this but also promoting health.

    I often have backache. Though I stand sometimes but still not always. And this is a great tool even standing will feel luxurious too. LOL

    Looking forward for the best candidate to win.

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Swadhin,

      Glad you like this giveaway. Just you wait and you’re going to see even bigger giveaways at Aha!NOW. 🙂

      I also like this giveaway because it makes your life healthier, which is much more important than wealth, isn’t it?

      Definitely, working on this sit-stand workstation feels good and great, no matter if you’re sitting or standing. I think you should force yourself to stand up and drink some fluids every half an hour or so, and that itself will relieve you from your backache.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences, and have a great weekend too! I’m sure the winner would love and find that getting this sit-stand workstation was worth all the effort! 🙂

  5. Christy

    October 4, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I would really love to win this for my husband. He wants one of these desks.

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Christy,

      You can win it, Christy! This is called the workstation and the desks are a bit different. But this sit-stand workstation is any day better than any other option to stand and work.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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    Yvonne I. Wilson

    October 4, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is an impressive post you have written here! I can tell you have put a lot of time, effort and energy 🙂 into it. It shows your deep concern for your readers in empowering us with the knowledge that can make a huge difference in our lives by making a few adjustments to what we do each day. People get paid to do research like this, you are giving it to us for FREE! Wow!

    Fantastic innovation! I was not aware that the market had these kind of ‘gigs’ out there. The video demonstrating the use of the standing desk made me want to go out there and get one just as quickly, but then I remember oops this post is about a $600 Sit to Stand Workstation giveaway! 🙂

    Great infograhic with lots of information. The one with ‘how sitting too long affects the body’ cleared up a lot of things and explained why I would have certain experiences in my neck at nights. This is reason to focus more on taking better care of my health.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Yvonne,

      You’re right, Yvonne that a lot has been put into this post, and which is why I had to miss one of my scheduled posts last week. But frankly, I feel a lot more is there to share with you all that I could not fit in this post. I think I’ll enrich the review post with more helpful information.

      Thank you for your kind words, yes I do want my readers to get the best, and full cooked meal is obviously better than a hurriedly prepared food that sometimes remains half-cooked! 😉

      Yvonne, when I write for the blog and the community, I don’t look at the time and money, and obviously not at the number of words too, lol! I’m so happy that you found the post helpful and useful.

      Yes, this sit-stand workstation is really fantastic. Of course, why spend the money when you can get it for free! I really wish I could’ve had more of such giveaway sit-stand workstation pieces for the community members. But one thing is sure, that this thing is worth its money, or hard work if you’re aim to win this giveaway.

      I’ll tell you that my father-in-law had clots blocking the arteries in the neck after about 20-30 years of strained and excessive sitting. Now, he has to be extra careful and I’m sure if he had this sit-stand option then, he wouldn’t be facing such problems now.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and do have a wonderful weekend ahead! 🙂

  7. Karmakar

    October 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tips and giveaway… 🙂

    I believe you know that I am suffering from a disease called AVN of hip joint and I can NOT sit more than 20 minutes…

    Yes… These are the points that my doctors have advised me to do…

    Really appreciate this… 🙂

    Regards…

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Karmakar,

      Yes, I believe you had told me about your problem and I understand things aren’t easy and life gets tough with this disease. I just want to create awareness so I can help my blog readers avoid the repercussions of the sitting disease.

      It’s good to know that the advice given in this post match with what your doctors have told you. I guess that should give my readers more reasons to adopt and follow them!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Do also have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  8. Jodi

    October 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

    This is awesome. When I moved into my new office my plan was to create a standing work station. I failed to do o, but your two posts about this have really prompted me to do something about it.

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      Harleena Singh

      October 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Jodi,

      Glad you like the post. I’m sure that now there will be no stopping you to finally create a standing workstation in your new office. Well, why not get a sit-stand workstation that can help you much more!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Do have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  9. Anna P V

    October 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is indeed a great giveaway!

    That too for the advantage and welfare of your fellow beings, I mean the bloggers, as you said in the earlier post on sitting….smoking,,,, this is yet
    another serious thing to take note of… especially people who are involved in this sitting business 🙂 the infographics, video, and the charts etc are well presented, and is a great thing to make note of. Wonderful going Harleena and Vinay. Keep it up! 🙂

    I just found this today from my hus’s computer’s bookmark LOL
    and i did a search here to find it at kingged but alas its not – there and I thought I will make an entry thus this post. hope you don;t mind posting or promoting it here fore the kingged community who sits many hours before their computers LOL

    Thank you so much for your wonderful and innovative ideas you bring in time to time for the benefit of your fellow bloggers! of course on a mutual benefit LOL

    Keep Going my dear friends

    This is Ann From Hyderabad, India

    May you have a great weekend 🙂

    Best

    ~ Ann P V

    Hi Harleena I shared this informative article today at Kingged.com and I kingged it and posted this comment there.
    Thanks again for this wonderful and informative page. 🙂
    May you have a great and healthy weekend. 🙂

  10. Luke Guy

    October 5, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Harleena,
    I have never seen anything like this before. And to think it’s a trend? It’s a good one indeed. If only treadmills were part computer:)

    But I def like the idea here and glad you introduced it to us!

    Your Friend,
    Luke Guy

  11. Mi Muba

    October 5, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Hi Harleena

    Very valuable post with a solution for a problem many bloggers and IT workers face especially when they cross their 30 and feel physical stress.

    It’s price is a little higher but is affordable for those who must have spent quite a lengthy time in building their career and now earning well. But equally they face physical problem because of lengthy sitting. From this perspective price is not so high.

    It is good advice to make a break of ten to twenty minutes after two hours of sitting. But being a blogger you also know that once we start working then it’s so difficult to take a break especially when a lengthy list of tasks is in queue.

    Yes with a little practice this practice can be developed as it ultimately helps us save our health because of consistent body posture in a same position for long hours.

    After reading your earlier post on harms of lengthy sitting and its manual solutions I was thinking for any product that offers a complete solution of this problem. You got it and wonderfully shared with us.

    It is good to know the giveaway contest and hope competition will be quite tough as many will try their luck because product is so valuable and the assigned tasks to participate in this contest are equally so interesting.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post.

  12. Corina Ramos

    October 5, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I have seen these and I would definitely like to try one. Winning one would be even better!

    I do a lot of sitting and it takes a toll on my back after a while. I’m getting better at taking more breaks but I still need to work on it :).

    Thanks for the tips Harleena! Wishing you all the success with the giveaway my dear! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    cori

  13. Sherryl Perry

    October 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I’ve been out of the corporate world for years now and I had totally forgotten about the sit-stand desk . That WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation looks awesome. (Those people in the video look like they’re having almost too much fun!) Congratulations on getting one!

    Thanks for the reminder about the dangers of sedentary sitting. That graphic that you used really hits home. You’re doing us all a service by addressing this topic.

    This is a great opportunity for one of your members to win something that could help them have a happier life.

  14. Babanature

    October 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Using a standing desk is one nice idea all bloggers and people who sit behind the desk should consider using this.

    I bought me a desk last month or so, though, it is not a standing desk. I’d want one of this… And thank God, it looks like I have and still doing the tasks you outlined. Hope to get my name in the participation line 🙂

    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. Do have a beautiful weekend

  15. ikechi

    October 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Harleena

    This is a great post I am excited. Yes I remember watching Tedx wherer I came across the information that sitting for long is very harmful to our body.

    I never used a stand desk before but I have seen them on pictures and think they are fabolous so I am excited about the giveaway prize.

  16. Philip Verghese Ariel

    October 6, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful note and the giveawy along with it!
    I found this post shared by Ann at kingged.com and i posted following comment there and ha, of course I kingged (up-voted) it too!
    Great Going my dear friends Harleena and Vinay 🙂

    Ann, you did it!!!

    Very fast than me LOL 🙂

    Nice to hear about Harleena and her giveaway post! 🙂

    Oh indeed this is really a timely piece to people like you and me,
    I mean the bloggers and writers who spend their valuable time before the computers. A serious alert to all, Harleena i read your previous post on Sitting….Smoking and I posted my actions after reading those serious alert on continuous sitting and its aftermath! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Of course i did some precaution from that day on which I mentioned in my comment that day I mean the temporary makeshift standing desk I created myself at home and quiet often i use that method to get some relief, this is now a wonderful offer and a great task to get some desk with Dollars!!

    The value factor is on a higher side and as someone said its worth buying too!

    Nice intro ande nice Giveaway!!

    Keep it up

    Keep informed

    ~ Phil

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    Ravi Chahar

    October 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hey Harleena,

    Wow! Again a giveaway.:)

    You are doing a great job by providing this standing desk. There are many people who don’t even know what to use for their work. They work on their computer but don’t know the affects which happen due to the position of their computer.

    The infographic you have added to let us know about our body action by different positions. In my opinion there are few users who use standing desk because people like to work sitting with comfort.

    Like you have told that people may get affected by sitting for long time. I agree with you but while working I don’t think people even think about changing their position.

    I am glad to know that you are providing a standing desk to your loyal reader. I hope for the best.:)

    Thanks for such a great article.

    Hope you are enjoying this weekend.:)

    ~Ravi

  18. mathi

    October 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    hi Harleena,
    Incredibly useful post. My mother always used to tell me that all the new inventions we see now would prove hazardous to our health. The surprising aspect was she made this comment some ten years ago. How right she had been! Of course you have to move ahead with time and be updated. It is also a fact that your work demands you to sit in one place, but your suggestions could do the trick of maintaining good health. What is the use of being wealthy without being healthy?

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    Kathi Miller

    October 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Harleena,

    Kudos to your for sharing this information and opportunity with your members! The health benefits of standing desks are obvious and I’ve yet to encounter someone who doesn’t love theirs!

  20. Nisha Pandey

    October 7, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Hello Harleena mam,

    Such an amazing giveaway I read ever. This is needy for all working people especially bloggers. They spends lot of time at their computers more than others. So, I must say that all bloggers should use this to relax some. They can be feel little energize while using this standing desks.

    I am very happy after reading all 4 advices that I am already doing all these stuffs. I used to drink lot of fluids while sitting in front of my PC. I used to walk for atleast 2 minutes after every half an hour or 1 hour.

    There is going to be a big competition this month at “Aha-now community” for winning this wonderful giveaway. Let’s see who will be the lucky winner.

    THANKS for sharing this amazing giveaway with us. Have a wonderful day ahead!

  21. Nathan Ambrose

    October 7, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Hi Harleena.

    That was a good article. Apart from the obvious health benefits, I have always found that I tend to stand or kneel on the floor at the desk when I have a real sense of urgency. That makes me more productive immediately.

    As you said, we were not designed to spend hours sitting down. Those of us with back problems know that too well. And it’s no coincidence that we tend to walk around when thinking deeply or having a serious conversation on the telephone. Our motor processes and increased circulation help a great deal.

    I can’t afford such a workstation as you spoke about, but I shall certainly increase the frequency of my walking-away-from-the-computer breaks.

    Nathan.

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    Maxwell Ivey

    October 7, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Hi harleena; thanks for sharing this important information with us. i have noticed the sourness in my neck and shoulders that you mentioned. I also have been determined to have arthritis in my lower back and shoulders. also, this desk could be a way for me to set up my camera in a permanent location along with the standing desk. it is important that we all do things to improve our health as good health is required for a happy life. thanks again, max

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    June Whittle

    October 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is a great post. It’s scary when you think about the health dangers associated to sitting for long periods.

    I recently started using Pomodoro. It’s an online timer. I set it to go off every 25 minutes to remind me to get up. It gives me a 5 minute break. I can use that time to walk around or do some stretching exercises. The only problem is I don’t use it daily. Old habits die hard. 🙁

    I like the idea of a standing desk. That would be much more beneficial for me.

    Thanks for sharing this useful post. It’s got some amazing information. 🙂 Have a nice evening Harleena.

  24. donna merrill

    October 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Now this is the best giveaway I’ve ever seen! The first time I seen one of these was at my Doctor’s office. As I read through your infographic, I had to smile because my doctor gave me a long lecture of why people that use computers need to use one.

    There are so many benefits to it. I don’t suffer any pain, but I take breaks and stretch to avoid any unhealthy issues. Plus staring at the screen from a sitting position all the time can have a poor effect on our eyes.

    I must say that you have given more information here than my doctor’s “professional” advice lol.

    -Donna

  25. Neamat Tawadrous

    October 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome information and giveaway.

    I never knew that such sit-stand desks really existed!! I am impressed after seeing the video. Awesome Indeed!

    It will be a great idea to own one as it will help with not sitting for so long. I had to say that I gained so much weight since I started working online because I sit for so long. Just recently I started going back to exercising daily and move around more as I started feeling the stiffness on my legs. All the symptoms mentioned on this post are true and we need to take action to avoid the consequences.

    I read on Nisha’s blog about your community and I was procrastinating to join because of the lack of time but this encouraged me to register and I am glad I did. I know I am not going to win but at least it made me take the step to join the community as I heard a lot of good things about your community and I am sure I will like it.

    Thanks Harleena for sharing these great information and for going far and beyond for your community. Have a great week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

  26. Adrienne

    October 8, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I’m sure you’ll remember my comment on your post about sitting too long. I was an executive assistant for over 31 years and trust me, I sat a lot.

    The funny this is that the last job I had when I started, one of the younger secretaries was out having surgery. She had carpal tunnel and here I am 12 years her elder and to this day I’ve never had any issues. I’d been doing it a lot longer than she had too and my employers never were concerned about me having a great work station.

    I do sit all day and the thing that bothered me the most when I started working from home was my back hurt a lot. But it was the chair that I was sitting in too. I finally broke down last year and purchased an expensive office chair and I haven’t had any issues since. It was worth the investment.

    I do not get up every 20 minutes but I do drink a lot of water which I’m always getting up to get me more which causes me to have to use the restroom more often which I’m constantly doing throughout the day. I also take my dog out four to five times a day and I walk every evening for 30 minutes. So I’m not sitting all day every day.

    I use to get my laptop and set it up on my bar and stand there and work some but I can only last about two hours and my legs are bothering me. So I wouldn’t put the standing desk to good use.

    I think I’ll continue to take my chances with my desk and chair. I must be doing something right! 😉

    Good luck to everyone who has entered.

    ~Adrienne

  27. Chery Schmidt

    October 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hello Harleena, Wow Yes I did read your article about sitting to long and have been trying to get up and stretch every hour..Yikes!

    I love this desk, I have tryed to set up a desk at the counter so I could stand after I read this post.. I also tryed sitting on my exercise ball instead of my chair.. Neither worked to well for me.

    I do have to tell you this is one of the BEST give a ways I have ever seen before, I would love to win this but my chances I am sure are not very well.

    I did try to register for your community earlier today and did some back to give this yet another try tonight, but it is still telling me “Sorry, this username is invalid. Please choose another.” I have tryed about 4 different user names and always the same message.

    Perhaps I will try again another time I am now on your list so I will get a notice when you publish a new post..

    I am not sure how come it took me so long to do so LOL Thanks for the great post my friend.. Chery :))

  28. Peter Kanayo

    October 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Harleena there is no Doubt that long sitting can be problematic.

    I don’t adhere strictly to the one hour time frame but I know I frequently stand up in between my sitting down to do a job.

    Perhaps when I mostly fail to adhere to your advice is when I watch movies, especially seasonal movies where I have collections of episode to keep me busy.

    To buttress your point about the huge importance of reducing the time frame in which we sit for a long period of time without getting up, I remember going close to 5 hours playing video games when I was doing my undergraduate studies and you know what happened? I fell severely ill.

    So I know how dangerous it can be.

    Really happy for going the extra length to provide this monumental offer to your teeming readers.

    Do have a wonderful day

  29. Jens-Petter Berget

    October 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I’d love a standing desk. I have never tried it, and I’m not sure if it would work for me. But, I can see the benefits. I need to take breaks during the day to stand up and walk around. I am still most of the day, and that’s not something I like. But that’s how I’ve been working for years. Some of my colleagues at the University had standing desks because of their backs. They had pains, and needed to stand.

    -Jens

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    Lorraine Reguly

    October 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Great concept… and a great way to grow your community. I’d be more inclined to have a station for my bed, though. 😉

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      Nicolas Vincent Rao

      October 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Trust you are getting better. Cold and sore throat etc.
      You sound like I do. L for lazy when it comes to physical activity. I love walking though..its getting out the door thats the problem. 🙂
      Get well soon.
      Doc

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    Harshajyoti Das

    October 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

    As soon as I saw this giveaway, I fell it love with it. I need the whole set up. My back is killing me. If I have to devote 2 hours daily and on post on Aha-now for 20 more days, I will do it. This is the best giveaway you could have hosted for bloggers and writers.

    To my fellow community members: I am a strong competitor, just so that you guys know. I can work for 20-25 hours straight without sleep. I will give you a run for your money.

    Harleena, a little bit confused about the product. Does the system come along or it’s just the stand? It got me thinking because $600 is too low for a computer. I saw the product on Amazon. Or does it come with a stand, monitor and keyboard but without the CPU?

    Thank you so much. I hope this giveaway is a big success for you and other community members.

    Cheers !

    Harsh

  32. Jennifer Kennedy

    October 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for posting about this again, Harleena! Sitting for so long is so detrimental to your health. And, as bloggers and online entrepreneurs, we can get caught up in sitting for long periods of time.

    There are about 4 individuals at my office who have a stand-up desk. Matter of fact, they built it with furniture pieces from Ikea!

    I didn’t get a stand-up desk, but I make sure to build in time to get up and stretch. Perhaps, I’ll get a stand-up desk for my home office!

    Thanks for this post.

  33. Dr. Nicolas Rao

    October 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Great idea. I am a retired physician who spent years in Medical Transcription. It is a very demanding field and yes, I have diabetes now at almost 64. If I do not walk I feel ill.
    Apart from that, I have reduced sensation in the toe pads of both feet. A common neurologic effect of diabetes concerning blood flow in the lower extremities.

    To compound that drugs for hypertension reduce peripheral circulation to bring blood more centrally and that reduces the effort the heart has to put in to pump blood. Its a theory that works palliatively only. It does nothing to really improve overall circulation. To do that the third drug comes in. The cholesterol lowering ” statins.”.. the funniest part is statins are known to cause muscular pain and actually may be a cause for hypertensives to develop diabetes.

    Forgive me, it was not meant to be a lecture. I am suffering from those things. My hypertension started after my late son a staff sergeant in the US Army Aviation unit passed away in 2006.
    I was put on anti hypertensive medication…that spoiled my circulation. Then came the statins and then diabetes.

    All that could have been avoided if I had to just de-stress and take walks.
    Since all that happened to me in the last 10 years. I think this is the best post I have seen in a long time.
    I would love to win that stand, but while I wait, walking whilst listening to music has becoming one of the joys of my life.

    Thanks for the post Harleena,
    Forgive me for the lecture.
    Doc Nicolas Rao

  34. Bijaya kumar

    October 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for this Fit Health Awareness Post. It is best for all of our Blogger friends. I am also using tips provided by you in this post. Share It !

  35. Jackson Nwachukwu

    October 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Should I call this a post or a Doctor’s report lol!

    This is really one of the most detailed posts I have ever read online. I love this article Harleena.

    While I don’t have any sitting challenge, I still deem this article fit and highly recommended for every blogger. You see the business blogging requires you spend some time either on your desktop or your PC, which ever one you use, there is always a fair amount of time awarded to it.

    I have wondered in the past how some bloggers overcome this challenge, but what I do basically is give myself break after a few hours and take a work or stroll round the office or the compound when at home. Most times you want to stand but you will always feel sitting will make you get faster in doing your job.

    I have above all learned something new today. And as for the giveaway, it’s very kind of you Harleena to share this with us. I am wishing all that have entered the giveaway luck as it goes on.

    To Harleena, thank you so much for this endless information.

    Have a wonderful day ahead!

    Jackson

  36. andrew spence

    October 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hi there,

    This is such a comprehensive article!

    I must say that I am actually convinced now that this is a great option. So many people I know suffer with problems as a result of a relatively sedentary lifestyle. Its also so easy to just become so engrossed in your work that you end up sitting there in the same position not doing anything and not moving. This solves all of that. Its so important to protect the bodies we have, since we are stuck with them for quite a long time!

    Thanks for the great info!

  37. Kathy

    October 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Harleena, I read your earlier post about “sitting is the new smoking” and completely agreed. This new way to stand up while working is awesome. I never heard of or saw such a thing but I can see where it could be really helpful. Best of all you remind me to get up and move around RIGHT NOW! thank you! ~Kathy

  38. Jeevan Jacob John

    October 13, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Hey Harleena,

    I was planning to build myself a standing desk (well, more like adjusting my existing tables to suit the needs), but decided to abandon the idea after I learned that standing isn’t much better either (Well, it’s certainly better than sitting sedentary for a long time).

    Although I am becoming more and more skeptical of that. All these studies are just confusing me 😀

    So, these days I just try to get up every now and then and move my body (that helps, I suppose). Although I have got to try harder with this; I haven’t had a reminder system in some time. Got to set that up right away 🙂

    I do wish that we had short breaks in between my longer classes at college (I suppose I could just get up and go outside for a while, although I am not too keen on that idea).

    Anyways, thank you for this amazing post (and an amazing giveaway)! Appreciate it 🙂

  39. Sunday

    August 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    This giveaway is awesome and I am just wondering why I have missed it. Standing while working can indeed help save us from a lot of stressors and health risks. The use of the right workstation can help us achieve more productivity.

    Congratulations to the winner and but I wish I was the one! 😉

    I left the above comment in kingged.com

  40. Md Arman

    March 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This is such a comprehensive article!
    I must say that I am actually convinced now that this is a great option. So many people I know suffer with problems as a result of a relatively sedentary lifestyle. Its also so easy to just become so engrossed in your work that you end up sitting there in the same position not doing anything and not moving. This solves all of that. Its so important to protect the bodies we have, since we are stuck with them for quite a long time!
    I read your earlier post about “sitting is the new smoking” and completely agreed. This new way to stand up while working is awesome. I never heard of or saw such a thing but I can see where it could be really helpful.
    .
    Thanks for giving such a list i was searching for. Thanks again. It will help us.

    md arman



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