Do you spend most of your work day sitting down? If you’re like the vast majority of programmers, of course you do.
Unfortunately, spending the majority of your time sitting is very bad for your health. Research has shown that even for people who exercise every day, sitting for ~8 hours has negative side effects that aren’t offset. Even if you’ve taken the initiative to stay active, stay fit, and avoid the pitfalls of a sedentary lifestyle, by spending your work day in a chair you’re hurting your health.
So if sitting is so bad for your health, but you’re a computer programmer, what’s the solution?
Enter the standing desk. Standing desks have gained a lot of popularity over the last decade or so, and they’re a way of avoiding the damage that sitting for too long can do to your body. You already know you’re going to be spending 40+ hours a week behind a keyboard – it’s time to invest in your health by getting a standing desk.
Even if you work in an office, there are solutions that are easily portable and also allow you to move from sitting to standing easily, in case it isn’t always feasible for you to stand all day.