Welcome to The Crochet Crowd Studio. Daniel is sitting at his dual screen monitor and I sit at mine on his left.
Last year, both Daniel and I were attending massage therapy for our arms and wrists. Like a broken record, our therapist was commenting on the act of working at desks and lack of exercise in our lives.
We have a policy in our home. We don’t allow the Netflix to be on during the mornings, afternoons or before 8 – 9 pm as our creativity is hindered by the act of watching TV.
Of the two of us, Daniel is the more disciplined of us. Daniel takes breaks throughout the day whereas I tend to work solid through. I stop to eat lunch and supper but usually keep on going.
I usually don’t crochet in the daylight as I use my day to work on articles, new content and more.
I love what I do. I get a high watching others thrive in their creativity. An hour for me is like a blink of an eye. Now that we are getting back to longer daylight hours. My brain isn’t kicking in that I need to stop as I don’t realize it’s already in the evening as I tend not to watch the time.
Around 9 pm and it could be up to 11 pm, you will most likely find me still at the computer working on stuff. My day isn’t finished though. Once I am off the computer, I pull out my crochet and crochet up until 1 am so I have content to talk about.
So essentially, I have sat all day working. I then sit again all night working on my project. I am mostly likely not standing for more than an hour in any given day.
In going to a show on the plane. The Sky Mall Magazine had a standing up desk. They talked about the health benefits of standing. I was convinced pretty quickly. To my disappointment, there are no companies in Canada that make such beasts. The USA companies don’t ship them across the border.
So after failed attempts, I gave up on the idea… Occasionally revisiting it in my mind in my day dreams.
Earlier this week, I was at an office and I noticed this woman standing at her desk. Now originally, I thought maybe she is an office runner. Meaning she isn’t at her desk often. Her desk was in the middle of everything and looked out of place.
I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I asked her if her desk was a standing desk. Sure enough, it was. She actually looked comfortable working. Seriously! So I asked her about her configuration. She did comment that others tell her she’s crazy for wanting to stand all day.
While chatting with her, she was the same height as I was. We were comfortably talking leaning on her desk at the perfect height for the bend of our elbows. When leaning on the desk, we were not hunched over. She was telling me the secret is to ensure the desk is exactly to the right height of your body. So the desk really cannot be used by others who are not her height.
She was commenting that she dropped from size 12 to size 4 in about a year. The act of standing changed her body’s reaction to being upright. Her posture is far better and the muscles in her leg and back strengthened. With this, in the short term, your body begins to physically change. You end up with muscles that don’t suffer from fatique in such a short time.
The act of standing will cause you to shift your weight which is an act of exercise. I was thinking that I tap my toe and sway my head when I listen to music on my headphones. I love to dance, well used to as my body cannot handle it any longer as I don’t stand often. I can see myself doing some fancy foot work if I were standing and listening to music while working.
I was giving Daniel a hard time to make me a homemade edition of legs. I realized, the act of me standing to a desk and how often I use it, I better look into extendable legs. You can see above that our desks are mounted to our shelving units. I would need my desk to self support itself. I was going to use one of the shelves and just extend one side, but I realized in reviewing what this lady had said and further research, the desk would be too high. I need the desk to be adjusted right from the very beginning instead of doing a half fast job on it. I don’t want to ruin my chances of success.
So I can see it may look silly that I am standing and Daniel is sitting at his desk. Truth is, who cares! We are two individual people with two different points of view in life.
Yesterday, I placed my order to Ikea for extendable legs. Shipping was only $19 and the store is almost 3 hours away. $19 is cheap and the legs are meant for our desks. I cannot drive there for $19, that’s for sure!
So when the legs arrive, we will be dismantling our studio to adjust for the new configuration. My desk will not be adjustable in changing heights. Those models are not available in Canada, nor can I have one shipped to Canada. Truth is, they are pretty pricey and beyond what I wanted to spend or can afford. I will be buying a chair that can be used for this height of desk. It would be unrealistic to think I won’t sit for some periods in the day. Especially if I am on a conference call.
So I am really excited… more excited on a personal level that I need to change my environment in order to change me.
Leave me a comment below if you have any advice.