How I reduced my risk of death 40% for $20
By creating a cheap (albeit unattractive) standing workstation for my computer, I have reduced my risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes and maybe even cancer by 40%!
Because I run a home based business, write a blog, and am working on my fist published book, I sit a lot. The only thing worse than developing wide-ass from sitting too much is dying prematurely. (You’re right…..maybe that’s a toss up) Excellent research of late suggests that those who sit for more than 6 hours a day significantly increase their risk of death. This is independent of their weight and if they are marathon runners.
So instead of spending hundreds of dollars on buying a standing work station, I decided to put my creative ingenuity to work and make one.
I went to a local “everything store” (i.e Target) and purchased a plastic square file box and a roll of non-slip rubber shelving. I found another cardboard box there that was in the trash bin and took it for free. (You could use any box)
I placed the computer screen on the box and secured it with duct tape. (the pink tape is optional)
I put another piece of tape on the top to keep the screen from tilting.
Then I placed the box on the chair and covered it with the non-slip rubber sheet. (this was meant to be used as shelf lining)
The back of the chair I was using comes righ to my waist and it’s very comfy for typing. I can actually type much faster like this. The mouse stays put when it’s on the non-skid surface.
Then I secured it with a bungee cord I found in the garage. A belt would also do I guess.
Voila! Instand standing work station! now I don’t feel so guilty working so late. I’ve also added a cushioned mat to stand on and to ease stress on my back I occasionally put one foot up on a pile of books. So far it works great.
Another plus is that I’m a bit farther from the screen and because my eyes have “matured” it’s the perfect distance.
Standing also let’s me stretch and bend during my time here. I can also improve my sex life while I work and I feel like my breathing is better.
No, I won’t win the contest for the prettiest office space, but I don’t think I’ll let that bother me.
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