I write this post sitting on a stability ball using my new standing desk that my good friend Brad Stocker gifted me two weeks ago. At the start of the pandemic I realized I was feeling back pain that I did not experience before. After looking at the changes in my daily routine, I realized I was sitting for long periods of time. When I teach in the classroom I rarely sit, and spend most of the day actively moving about campus. Now at home, my teaching space was reduced to the backroom of my house in front of a screen. Noticing this, I created a makeshift standing desk out of a card table and a bunch of boxes. It worked until two weeks ago when I got this Cadillac of a standing desk.
I now can move the desk up and down. I spend most of the time standing and the little bit of sitting I do, I use a stability ball. Doing so has made a huge difference. My back pain is gone. The dynamic of teaching while standing feels more natural, and I don’t feel as spent at the end of the day than when I was stuck sitting.
Not everyone has a good friend like Brad with a standing desk to gift, but we can think creatively about adding a bit more movement to our day. Becoming aware of the need to move is the first step in doing so. The second step is getting on our feet more.
And if we need to sit for long periods of time, taking time to move after work is even more important.