Are You Sitting Down + A Peek Inside My Office!

Lately I’ve been noticing that my body feels so stiff after sitting for long periods of time in the office. My hips stiffen up, my calves get tight, my back needs a good stretch… the list could go on.

I sit for a good eight hours per day at work, and according to TIME magazine the grim reaper is coming for me.

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I’ve been thinking about getting a standing desk for the good part of a year now. The only reason I haven’t is because they’re quite expensive and I don’t think my boss would pay for it.

So I just sit at my desk all day long.

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My team works in the loft of our office, which I kind of love. It’s the perfect space for collaboration. Five of us fit up there with room to spare!

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We’re kind of messy but I love our big, bright, open space. It’s everything I always imagined a creative agency loft should look like!

The only downside is definitely sitting all day long.

According to a study cited in TIME by Dr. John Buckley from the University of Chester, standing for just three hours per day for a year is the equivalent of running 10 marathons!

I have no idea how they figured that out, but even if it’s only partially accurate it’s really compelling.

So, assuming that my boss isn’t going to shell out close to $1,000 for me to buy a standing desk, I found a DIY article that I plan to follow! Using the steps and parts in that post, you can create a makeshift standing desk for $22 from items you can find at Ikea!

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Photo Credit: IAmNotaProgrammer.com

I’m going to make some time to put my standing desk together the week of Thanksgiving! By this time next year I’ll be writing a post about the 10 marathons I’ve run at work ;).

Aaaaaaand just some randoms….

I almost didn’t make it to the gas station yesterday! I rolled in with an estimated 3 miles left! This is a new PR for me. I think the lowest I’ve ever let it get before was 4 miles.

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Adam worked from home yesterday and texted me this pic. I wasn’t jealous or anything.

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(Yep, that is a bike you see in the background…. the bike room at our complex was full the last time we went out for a ride.)

I wasn’t even jealous when he sent me this one as a follow up.

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Ugh.

What’s your gas mileage PR? Do you let it get down super low too? I guess you could say I am a risk taker. #YOLO

– My dad is crazy about this and never lets it get passed half a tank before filling up!

Anyone have a standing desk? Thoughts? I’d love to hear the pros/cons from someone who has one! 

32 comments

  1. Amanda @ Slimplifylife

    Haha a gas mileage PR, you crack me up. I always try to walk somewhere during lunch so my poor body isn’t in the same position all day!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I take a walk during lunch too! It always feels so good and bums me out that I have to go back for another 4+ hours of sitting. Every single day I think, “I should get a job that allows me to be outdoors! I wonder how I can become a park ranger?” 😀

  2. Brooke @ wreckingroutine

    As a teacher, I don’t sit too much anyway, but I would love a standing desk for those days that do have more sitting. Can’t wait to hear how you’re works out!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Getting to stand and walk around sounds like a great perk of teaching!

      BTW I have been loving all of your new moving graphics! They are really cool and helpful!

  3. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    I used a standing desk at my old job. I loved it. You just really have to be careful that it is the right height so you are ergonomically positioned correctly or you will end up sore. Also I would invest in a small step stool. You wouldn’t stand on it but it is good for you when standing at work to shift your weight in different ways. With a step stool you can alternate left/right/neither on it throughout the day so that you are moving around while standing. Also depending on the surface you are standing on you might want to consider an anti-fatigue mat.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      THANK YOU! You’re the best! I knew someone out there would have good tips!

      I didn’t even know an anti-fatigue mat was a thing, but our flooring at the office is hardwood so it sounds like something I’ll need to invest in!

  4. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I wish I had a standing desk but I just can’t figure out how to make it work in my office! I actually get up quite a bit throughout the day, although I am still sitting for the majority of the time i am at work. I try not to sit as much at home; even laying on my stomach while I use my laptop seems to be a good change from sitting in a chair!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am with you on the whole not sitting too much at home thing! I like to lay out as well, it feels so much better than sitting after a long day of being parked in a chair!

  5. Amy

    We (and by this I mean risk-taking david) have made it to 0. We were on a dirt road in Ohio off the turnpike trying to find gas. The car made it a few miles past zero. I was flipping out but all is well in the world 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      A FEW MILES past 0??? I would have been flipping out too! Especially on a dirt road in a place I don’t know well! Wow! It really makes you wonder how far passed 0 you can really go!

  6. cheryl

    I panic as soon as the low fuel light goes on. I have gotten down below five miles, (a service station on the highway was closed, and we read the ill-fated sign, next service area 32 miles…gulp. We made it!)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      There’s nothing like KNOWING how far you still have to go and watching your mileage tick up. I’ve done that before too, where I’ve waited a bit too long on the highway. Personally, I think it makes the drive slightly more exciting, haha

  7. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner

    I LOVE finding out that I’m not the only one that drives and drives until the last minute before getting gas – my PR is 0 MILES!!!! So unfortunately I won’t be setting any new records in that arena… unless I don’t make it to a gas station which just would not be fun! ha
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      OF COURSE your PR is 0! You’re such an over-achiever! 😉

  8. Jess

    I also really want a standing desk! I drink a ton of water throughout the work day so I find that that motivates me to at least get out my chair, but I tend to hunch over my computer like an evil villain in an animated movie. No wonder my shoulders feel like they’re up at my ears by the end of the day.

    So jealous that you have a kitty. My fiancé is not much of a cat person and I’m not much of a dog person (though I do like certain breeds and demeanors), so right now we’re in pet détente.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha, I drink a lot of water too. I’m sure my colleagues think I have a bladder control problem 😉

      Adam was not a cat guy either until I somehow convinced him I needed a cat. He still won’t really come out and admit he’s a cat guy, but he totally is! He would like to have a dog, and I would too, but I’m so allergic to all of them. I would need to likely get a purebred hypoallergenic dog from a breeder and I don’t want to do that!

  9. Lizzy

    I’ve been thinking I should get a standing desk. I have a yoga ball that I use sometimes, but I’m sure it’s not the same.

    I’m pretty bad about playing chicken with the gas light. You’d think I would have learned after I ran out of gas, but no. My car doesn’t estimate how many miles it has left though. I think that would be dangerous for me.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh that’s a really good idea! I don’t think I could use a Yoga ball at work since my desk sits kind of high, but I should get one for sitting on at home!

      I can’t believe you’ve actually run out of gas!!! Ahh!

  10. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    One of my favorite headlines of an article about how bad sitting is for you was “Sitting Is the New Smoking.” I get up for five minutes every hour to walk around and up and down steps or do gentle stretching. I also stand whenever I’m talking to coworkers…which is pretty often.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh that’s a good idea! I should set an alarm to remind me to get up at least once an hour… although I probably do that to pee, haha!

  11. Kim

    Last year for Christmas I told Chris that I really wanted a standing desk – I even picked it out

    http://www.amazon.com/Techni-Mobili-Storage-Woodgrain-22-Inch/dp/B001BBNROI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1415296573&sr=8-3&keywords=standing+desk

    Since I have Amazon prime it was free shipping so not expensive at all!!! I love it – very portable and I can keep the rest of my stuff spread on the dining table:)

    I start to freak out if I get under about 15 miles to empty – I don’t know that I’ve ever been in single digits!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!!!! I have Amazon Prime too and am SO ordering this! It’s a much better solution than the Ikea piecemeal thing!

  12. Karen

    I have been sitting almost of my work hours for years. In the summer when we do 10 hour days I get a little nuts. I always got sore from sitting. I have actually run out of gas, which sucked, but i will still cut it pretty close especially if it’s raining.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I cannot imagine sitting at a desk for 10 hour days, I would go crazy!

      I can’t believe you’ve actually run out of gas before! Or rather, I guess I can’t believe I haven’t! Ahh! I always feel like I can go the extra mile because I have GEICO and they will bring you gas for free if you run out, haha!

  13. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Oh you make me laugh Kristina. 🙂 I just love your blog, I hope you know that!

    Your office looks awesome. It is totally the kind of office I imagine all the “cool people” with “cool jobs” have.

    My car is old and crappy and when the E light goes on, it doesn’t tell you anymore how many miles you have. The most I have ever driven was prob like 25 miles after the E light went on- and that was PUSHING it. Normally, it goes on during my commute, which is only 7 miles. So even if I am driving TOO work and it goes on, I will get gas on the way home (if I don’t have lessons) or get up a tiny bit early and get gas on the way to work the next day. I know YOLO but Paul doesn’t drive so if I get stranded somewhere it means calling in a HUGE favor to a friend!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You have a cool job! You get to teach music to kids! I cannot imagine a better job!

      Do you have Geico insurance? They will bring you out a gallon of gas for free. I know this because, while I clearly live dangerously, I always like to have a safe backup plan! 😉

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        Aw no Erie insurance BUT something to think about 😉
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  14. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Cecil is so much like my cat Benny – always trying to cuddle and look cute when I am trying to work. I sit a lot when I’m not running or working out, but my coach tells me too. Apparently he thinks sitting is a good thing and allows the body to rest and repair itself.

    My gas mileage PR is 0 – but I was able to make it to the gas station. I HATE getting gas. We don’t pump our own gas here in Oregon so I have to sit and wait for someone to come out and help me every time. I would much rather get out and do it myself!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh, I would hate having to wait for someone else to pump my gas! That is annoying! I do wish that someone would come to my house and fill up my tank during the night while I am sleeping though 🙂

      I have noticed a trend where the people who run fast and have amazing PRs seem to also have 0 gas mileage PRs. You guys are always having to one up the rest of us! 😀

  15. Jennifer

    Amazing monitor! I love your workspace – feeling creative already! Mine is pretty drabby and boring.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      My monitor is HUGE and I love it so much! 🙂 I’d love to see a peak inside of your office!
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  16. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Your office looks nice…I love the atmosphere. I rarely sit during the day so I actually have the opposite problem…I stand so much my feet and hips rarely get a rest. I’m actually really grateful because I know walking all day keeps me healthy, but it does suck when I’m running long and my legs are already tired just from work! lol
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