Monthly Archives: July 2014

Stand to attention!

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ll be commenting on OS X Yosemite when I get my geek hat back on in due course. First of all, a quick diversion about health matters.

I’ve always worked in an office and that has involved a fair amount of sitting down. Sitting at a desk at a meeting. Sitting at a desk eating my lunch. Sitting at a desk talking on the phone. Sitting at a desk staring at a computer.

That’s a lot of sitting.

For the first couple of decades of my working life, I was in office jobs that involved moving around quite a bit. I probably spent at least half the day (sometimes more) running up and down stairs (I rarely took the lift) and having to go and see people about things that were happening related to my job at the time.

Between 1994 and 2000 I ran a small team and that probably involved the most “not sitting at my desk” that I ever had. Even when I moved into a corporate IT department in 2000 and my job involved a good deal more sitting around, I made sure (rain or shine) that I ventured out for a brisk hour long walk every day.

In 2009 I was made redundant and started up my own full time business. I still have to go and see people, but much of what I do is sitting where I’m sat right now typing on a keyboard and staring at a huge 30″ monitor.

That’s not good for my health.

Or my back, which gave out a couple of years ago with really rather painful sciatica.

Ever since then, I’ve been thinking of ways to improve my health and not do so much sitting.

First of all, in Autumn 2013 I re-organised my day to start earlier and finish later so that I can go out for a walk with the dogs. It’s around an hour along the beach but has helped greatly to lose a few calories and get some fresh air.

Part 2 of my health binge arrived today and is currently sitting in a cardboard box in my porch after being dropped off in a big lorry first thing this morning. I’ve bought a new frame for my desk that has an integrated motor enabling the desk to rise and fall as a sit-stand desk. I’ll now be able to do some work sitting down (as I am right now) and some of it standing up.

I plan to put the frame together at the weekend and I’ll post more about why I bought this particular desk, what other options I considered and how I’m finding standing up to work for some of the day next week.