Programming Standing Up

After listening to a Science Friday report on the correlation between TV time and mortality, I’ve decided to stop sitting at my desk. I’ve propped up my keyboard and monitors with boxes. I’ve done it for a week now. My calves and shins are tired, but my legs don’t get fidgety, or fall asleep or get uncomfortable from sitting for long stretches.

I’m going to have to raise my monitors higher. I think my neck is going to tire out. When I cycle home after work, I definitely notice my neck more–bending my head up. My monitors are lower than they used to be. Happily, I think this indicates that the ergonomics of my monitors were very correct for my sitting posture, because I never noticed any neck strain before.

I’d thought about doing this a year ago, but I immediately jumped into a “what do I have to build” and started over-engineering the issue. Cardboard boxes are working for the present.

3 thoughts on “Programming Standing Up

  1. I was left with the baby, and it wanted to be strapped to me – but standing up – I wanted to finish some code. Put my key board on a piano keyboard stand and my monitor on an upright briefcase. Hey presto productivity – and I can feel my back saying thank you.

    Google – Programming standing up – and you get some articles about stand up comedy crossed with programming.

    All very interesting.

  2. Are you still doing this? I’m wondering if this is viable for me, since I’ve read about other, more active-during-the-day people doing this, but am not sure if it would work for me, since I spend all day at a computer.

    • I am still using my standing workspaces at both the office and at home. My back doesn’t give me trouble at all. I do keep either folded towels or folded rugs around to stand on if I want to take off my shoes.

      For pursuing a more active lifestyle, this is a pretty easy step since it doesn’t require being at all athletic.

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