Stand Up and Work Challenge: Day 7

It’s Day 7 of your 28-day transition to a standing desk.

This week you’re working up to standing for two hours a day.

Today’s assignment

Stand for 84 minutes.

How’d it go?

Leave a comment below when you finish your allotted standing time for the day.

Anything goes here. (Well, within reason.)

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This challenge will help you make the transition to a standing desk, but only if you participate every day. If you’re ready to make the switch, drop your email address in the box below.

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  • Okay so I did days one and two and then was out of town for meetings, not well etc., I couldn’t decide whether I should go back to day three or just start in on seven, but being always one for a challenge I decided to jump back into to today. Actually went not to bad. I spent about 30minutes on the phone which meant I ended up walking around while talking rather than standing in one place so that probably helped. Problem is I am out of town again tomorrow and then on annual leave for a week next week. Looks like I’ll be taking a bit longer to get through the 28 days. I think it is worth it though.

  • Goran Blažič

    you’re early :) what’s your location?

    I’d recommend easing into it, it actually does make a difference. I’ve tried before and didn’t make it, now I’m at 75 minutes, and I actually think the gradual increase is “to blame” for this

    and yes, I found that walking around actually is much easier, today I’ve been programming the whole time and I can feel quite some tension in the lower back and my arches, and just moving around a bit (something close to dancing 😀 I blame frisky radio) help a great deal

    anyway, keep it up :)

  • Today was easier for me, but mostly because I had a couple of short meetings during my standing time. I usually pace a bit during meetings, so I probably stood still for less than half of the allotted time. Standing is better than sitting, but moving is better than standing.

  • Definitely pace yourself–the 28 days is somewhat arbitrary, but gradually increasing your standing time will help. Keep at it!

  • Not so bad today. Definitely found myself shifting from one foot to the other more but I figure it has more to do with fidgeting than actual weight issues.

  • Today went well. I too was fidgety, but it wasn’t a standing too long thing. I’m trying to train myself to do tasks that i originally think were standing desk friendly (coding, photoshop etc).

  • Nope. Don’t like it. Giving up

  • I’ve survived!

  • done. not too easy today. maybe not distracted enough by work. however, did stand for 2 hours last night skinning a raccoon that killed 3 of my chickens, so there’s that 80)

    I hear the taste very nice roasted with sweet potatoes

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  • 84 minutes seemed like forever today. I got my new cushy balance pad and stood in my socks on that for about half of the time. Then I *really* wanted to sit down. I think the balance pad is harder on my back because of the balancing, so I only did that part of the time. My back is letting me have it now, so sitting is a relief.

  • I love my standing desk arrangement. I have an adjustable platform and wobble stool from uncaged ergonomics and a terrific Gel Pro mat. The mat makes it much easier to stand for long stretches of time….sometimes with shoes and sometimes without. I do feel a bit more tired at the end of the day…..but not so much to make me sit more.

    Thanks for the motivation to stand and work!

  • Back after the holiday season, I jumped straight into today’s challenge. I was able to do it (around minute 20 I started to flag, so began walking around and that helped). I finally got some “standing shoes”, too, so that is helping. Looking forward to tomorrow!

    • A wonderful job. Super helpful innrfmatioo.

    • You’re on top of the game. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Today’s the first day where I’m actually watching the egg timer to see when I can sit down. Doing barefoot on a gel mat. I seem to do better when I wear my trusty New Balance tennies with an insole. More support works better for me. I’ve also been doing the time allotted for the day for the morning and again in the afternoon. That might not have been the best idea…

  • Today, again, went by fairly quickly. I have been using this time to “clear the decks” first thing in the morning. All of the minutia that has to get done each day distracts me from the fact that I’m on my feet the whole time. We’ll see how it goes when I’m finished with this work and still have time to spare. I do think that it may be time to change out the cheap standing pad that I have.

  • Day 7 – Dont

  • Went fine, and using the time for clean-up work.

    Do find I need to shift around a good bit, focusing alternately on the two monitors I have set up, and shifting feet and weight accordingly.

  • I missed yesterday’s 72 minute goal because I wasn’t at work, so I just did the 84 minutes this morning and everything went well! I actually think that it was easier than the 60 minute period… maybe I am adjusting!

  • Got it done with no problems – really busy today and that helps. I forgot to use my comfort mat yesterday, but remembered today and that makes a big difference.

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