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I recently did a 15 min interview with Trevor Brown from The Undesk
I am a huge fan of standing desks and strongly encourage my students to try them. It should be noted that nothing is right for everyone and that you should find what works for you. Having said that, I use one myself- in fact I’m standing at it right now as I write this post. And I love it. Also, I live in Boulder, where there are countless startups and tech companies. More and more I see people around town using them… In other words, they work for a lot of people and are worth very serious consideration!
Also, sedentary sitting all day has been associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other negative effects.
Here are some of the common benefits of standing desks:
Greater focus, attention and concentration
More alernesst, engagment and energy
Freedom of movement
Improved circulation, lower blood pressure
Burn more calories
Healthier back and joints (when using proper posture!)
I stand on a yoga mat folded in fourths, to cushion my feet. I find that this helps me be more comfortable, and the guys at the Undesk use a similar pad.
Be aware of your posture.
I alternate between sitting and standing whenever I feel like it. Usually every 20-30 minute or so, but find what works for you. Also, you probably don’t want to go from sitting all day to standing all day- you may end up sore. Ease into it.
Your elbows should be comfortable and at about a 90 degree angle when you are writing or typing.
Relax your shoulders and your body. You should be comfortable!
Screens should be at about eye level when possible. Unfortunately I am on a laptop right now, and have to bend my neck down. This is not optimal, but until I get my screen mounted, this is how I have it. The guys at teh Undesk have screens mounted-they are very cool because they are on an arm that is flexible.
Move. Shift feet, move your knees, be comfortable, adjust your shoulders, roll your neck a bit. Standing should feel good, listen to your body! (You should NOT feel pain. If you do, you may be standing too long or your posture may be out of proper alignment. So shift your body or just sit if this happens.)
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Trevor Browne with the trailer. Com morning everybody. I hope you’re doing well. Look like much was Tammy. Visit those small. We have it down on the low setting right now, but I really wanted to bring this to your attention and make a video about it. Just so happens that the company is located in Boulder. And I only have one of the wall with the bracket in it’s about the Thai and I use it all the time. I was made by you guys awesome because I am working at the stable and drinking my coffee and and I can read that back and forth all the time. So I love that. I really want to get one instead of my setup because my set up means that I have to be in the wall and then I go sit at my dab pens by two different workstation. So these are just really I wanted to find out a little bit about you guys and tell you guys if you want you can order one for you guys. No help a little bit about your company and how you guys got started. His name is Eric years ago about four years ago. He was a motorcycle and dirt bike and he said he was doing a crazy guy like that you crashed really hard and he really really messed up and to the point where he just put in for 8 hours a day and do the job that you supposed to be doing any more starting to look into all the Alternatives out there and there were standing desks at the time, but they were very very big inconvenience. They had like a dead go up and down and they have a big cranked in saying that is just getting away and it’s hard and awkward. So he’s asking if you ate or they don’t even have the option they wouldn’t have Stickley standing started looking into it and then the company was really really boring or we started about six months a year. You’re not the brand new company awesome products. A lot of Versatility won’t get into that. Just a minute. Yeah, that’s a great question. And that’s why we’re here today. So when you look at kids really anybody in the body is made to move the body is going to be in motion is meant to work commence it to build and create and lift and run. Infant more so than anyone else you think of kids who think a little ball of energy always energy no matter what he’s done. Now that he’s still she still wants to run all around. So we forced kids to do what’s very unnatural for them to do we force them to sit down and pay attention for 6 hours a day 5 days a week. I mean now there’s more and more studies coming out that show that’s just not the way to go about things that it’s actually better for students if they’re allowed to move if they’re allowed to fidget fidgeting and actually brings blood nutrients and 4 months of the brain that decrease stress and then decrease depression and oxygen. Yes. Yes. Yes. Oh and it is Bruce focus and concentration improves focus and concentration is reducing stress. So you start to feed rates go up is Grave Digger Improvement continues to improve his focus and Crews and their grades improve confidence. And I think that’s the greatest gift. We can give our kids home with confidence knowing that they did really well in the classroom that’s going to translate very positive long-term game. Focus also relates to engagement you’re more engaged in class when you’re more focused than when you can move around a little bit easier to think and learn all day long with a 15-minute the kids, you know, he feels like you can’t move in so he has to pay attention and the result is that the kid is focusing more on trying to pay attention to the teachers trying to give the exact time to sit still and still has all these days that showed it during a little bit fidgety movie about the movie actually allowing the child to focus more on what he supposed to be learning. If you are sitting in your sitting on one of those pitfalls movement in the increased engagement and focus and learning having a fidget, for example, if your right handed in the writing of the fidget in your left hand and your writing that getting in through your writing or your concentration with math or what-have-you standing obviously there are weighted self waited and waited have that pressure packout pressure can be helpful for some kids for learning. They’re all kind of things that have to do with movement or not stationary be we need to move to learn so off the other lamp details on how it’s beneficial for kid before we move on and how these work. I think that’s pretty much around it up when I talk to teachers about this I owe you I asked him. What is the main thing that keeps keep the kids from where? You probably do. What do you what do you think it is? That interferes with learning probably stress and lack of focus. Yes, that’s what I hear again and again and so when a teacher tells me what I look at you trying to say so do you think you are more or less stressful environment for the children and most the time? It’s probably a little bit more stressful. This is just one technique of combating. That is the very special Insight. Most hated being forced to learn a lot of August seven more for some than others. Lithotomy Ventura preschool Kindergarten kid and it can grow with them in case I like that at this is load to the company so you can probably see here is if there’s an up arrow and a down arrow. So you just you press and hold either one can move in that direction. Then you have poor memory preset. So once you find your ideal city, tiger ideal standing pipe, you can just plug it in. You don’t need to worry about trying to remember in the future. Just press number one and it goes right to it because there’s 40 music to multiple people maybe maybe two people you have one person standing and sitting tight and the other person. Let’s go up here. Is that like an ideal sitting height for me? We’re probably a little bit salty actually determine what your shoulders relaxed and then just have your elbow when it’s at 90 degrees your form to complete. Good athlete is 28.8 in. 2929 in This is and if you think about that one thing we were talking about before but school desk search up how to use for hex Keys. Undo each one and Justin only do this for student who are really big and really small in that pot. And the good thing about this is you can change it anytime to really have it in to the proper height for the kids proper posture and Burnside. That’s the other big thing about the still standing desk adjustable height desk Revolution. Is it one size doesn’t fit all For so long you’ve all been sitting at the exact same best day in and day out. I think it’s 5 to 10 years. You’re not going to see that the don’t move. They don’t work with people who don’t adjust to their right? We’re going to look back and think so we didn’t know anything back then dries. Is this crazy people looking what we’re doing to our bodies. Oh my gosh. 5 cm belt standing desk Heather the same thing you’re trying to find the right now you want to stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart light light changing your keep your muscles engaged in when your muscles are engaged and improve circulation improves blood flow and nutrient Cliff. So it shouldn’t lock your knees. He said really but it’s that those nutrients and oxygen going throughout the body that decrease stress in shoulders relaxed again up a little bit more here. That’s good. Right. I like it when you just barely started the text on the bottom of my arm, cuz then when I have my keyboard really easy if I write like that and I can move it move around in my brain works better really cool. I love this for kids mentioned the Bukis. Because that more than we have here waiting to spread out between your shoulders relaxed, but it doesn’t mean for a little bit. In brief through the finer than okay. Thanks. Also probably were saying there’s a lot of new studies come out and do our own practice and experience with this 5 minutes on is the best method method to 25 minutes of standing to five minute break 25 minutes is 35 minute break and rotate like that throughout the day. I love it. I do that with my students in my group. I work with the middle school high school and college students all in one group every week and for the kids about 15 or 20 minutes on and then a couple minute break 15 or 20 minutes. Not bad. So awesome blow up a little bit. So I notice also that sometimes you guys do really high and hanging like that sometimes I had a high schooler recently telling me he’s like that’s it is so hard didn’t stay awake in my class when I’m sitting in that desk. All I want to do is this so hard not to sometimes who is 6 foot 7 foot table work for that dick. At what time you said? I’ll go to this High sometimes when I’m feeling tired, but when I know I shouldn’t be sitting sitting out. And it was Grace that you have. It’s really good to do some sort scratching. That also helps me improve blood flow open up the body a little bit. Yeah. Yeah. A lot of people are getting that body shape nowadays because they’re on computers all the time right now in Stover again. Yeah. I’m sure you’ve seen the whole picture of evolution evolutionary scale River awkward dejected hunched over non-human non exciting for a bike for kids are spending so much time on computers and Dad room without sunlight and not moving a lot. The call Amy final thought I did want to mention customization. You can be customized in all kinds of ways. You can actually put your own top on tells you a little bit about that. That’s where you do already have your own desktop. You don’t want to pay for another one’s words. We can bring in the lights and you can put them on virtually any desktop and turn it into Spanish. I think that we have over sixty different colors of tops. We have bamboo. So there’s a lot a lot a lot of boxes. Damn, it keeps getting sanding move around. Have fun. Thanks so much Trevor. I really want to emphasize how much I love these things for student. I do not think we should be sitting all day long. I think I’m home in an hour or two hours of the great alternative if your teeth That would be awesome. And if you if you have a place for your student studies or two students, this is just as great alternatives to buy one ticket to wall make one on your desk. You can actually make a little frame on top of your desk. So you can stand and then sit at the way to do it. You can probably look up on Google or YouTube and find a bunch of ways to do it. And then if you want to get one that moves automatically create your whole workstation and allow the workstation to go up and down with you and change throughout the years of your child with how they grow awesome alternative. I really appreciate what you guys are doing. I hope you guys are awesome. Thank you.