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Here’s a Stand-Up Idea! Get a Standing Desk

S Standing Desk!

We’re all familiar with the expression, “I think better on my feet.”  I know I do, and believe many agree. Positively, speakers perform better when on their feet vs. sitting.

As stated, I agree, and made a decision to do something about it in my home office about month ago. I’m happy to report it is working nicely. Well enough, I decided, to write a Post about it!

Why? I had a herniated disk in 2010. It was so painful I didn’t consider surgery to be elective! Fortunately, it was successful.

After that, I started thinking about how much time I spend at my desk, working with my computer, and other projects done while seated. I also noticed when I got on my feet after too much sitting, my legs and back hurt – really hurt!

I do much research and writing sitting on my butt – way too much I concluded. It added up to hours and hours and. . .

I decided it was time to do investigative work on Standing Desks. I knew Benjamin Franklin, Earnest Hemingway, Donald Rumsfeld, and others had used them and wanted to see whether one might be a fit for me.

Benefits A number of studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle with greater health complications, including higher mortality rates. A study conducted by the American Cancer Society, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2010, looked at 123,216 individuals who had no risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, or lung disease, and monitored their physical activity and time spent sitting over a 14-year period.

The findings suggested women who sat more than six hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die prematurely than women who sat just three hours a day. For men, the mortality rate was 18 percent higher for those who sat more than six hours a day, compared with sitting just three hours a day.


No Turning Back! To get this into my office, I had to get rid of the nice desk already in place. The only way to accomplish that goal was piece-by-piece. Yes, it was one of those setups that were assembled in place and dis-assembling it was the quickest and easiest way to get it out of the way of my new setup.

My wife says I’ve turned my potential Man Cave into a Man Hole! (Oh well, someday I’ll get it correct!)

My Experience So far, it’s been a mostly positive experience. After having been a “sitter” for years, “standing” for as long as I had been sitting, did not come easily and without pain. It made for some very restless night with my legs and feet screaming at me!

It’s been over a month now, and the experience has exceeded my expectations!

  1. The initial pain and suffering, from standing for a prolonged period, has subsided.

  2. The pain in my back and legs has been greatly reduced.

  3. I record the audio of each of my Posts. For me, standing and doing this is better than sitting and recording.

  4. I enjoy standing and working!


  1. Have a “Plan “B”. I purchased a couple fine stools that swivel and have backs on them. They look nice!  Clients and I appreciate having them if standing gets tiresome.

  2. The hi-tech “comfort mat” was worth the investment! Don’t attempt this without one!

  3. Don’t stand in the same position continually. Switch the position of your feet, and distribution of weight, occasionally. I plan to get a foot stool to give my feet and legs another option.

The Specifics of my Standing Desk

  1. Table

  2. Shelf

  3. Stools

  4. Black Curtain and Tension rod to hide wires.

  5. Walmart – $10.96

  6. High Quality Comfort Mat

  7. Total Investment –  $703.31

One More Thing. . . A friend, Mary Kutheis, Open Spaces, had a standing desk long before me. As part of my research, I checked with her to see whether it was still working out.

She replied, “Fred, I’m still loving the standing desk. The bar height comes in extra handy on Friday afternoons!”

I’ll drink to that!

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About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!” Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality, and we rather deal with Experts.

They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!

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