DIY: Standing Desk [Infographic]

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Do Away with the Chair and Get Standing

“I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.”—William F. Buckley, Jr.

Want to reinvent your workspace with something greener, more ergonomic, and better for your health? You can design and build your own custom standing desk for a fraction of what a new product will cost. And as far as DIY projects go, this one is pretty easy.

Whether it’s a multi-person desk, an at-home desk, or a reception desk, a desk is little more than a horizontal surface to work on, with a few added features for individual needs. Why not create your own custom solution from upcycled or repurposed materials? To get started, here’s an overview of how a standing desk can improve your life, plus some of the best DIY ideas out there.

Don’t Just Sit There!

Standing desks have become popular over the past several years, particularly after a series of studies showed the serious health dangers associated with the modern American practice of sitting all day. While most people have always known we could all use a little more exercise, it wasn’t until recently that we realized how badly a sedentary lifestyle affects physical and mental wellbeing.

The moment a person sits at his desk each morning, his calorie-burning rate immediately drops to one calorie per minute. Sit for six hours a day, 14 days straight: Muscles stop burning fat, blood sugar rises, and maximum oxygen consumption drops, which makes it harder to move around and puts the body at greater risk for weight gain. After a year of sitting six hours per day, that weight gain would be noticeable, as would higher cholesterol levels and loss of bone mass.

But the real kicker comes 10 to 20 years down the line. Those with a desk job may need to augment retirement savings to account for plenty of medical bills. Sitting affects almost every part of your body from head to toe, raises your risk of death by nearly 50 percent, and creates a stunning 125 percent increase in the risk for cardiovascular disease.

More information with details and ideas here

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