Ferrusi said he envisions people using it for perhaps an hour or two during the workday, burning about 250 calories per hour. Unlike the treadmill desk, it is suitable for both private offices and cubicle land; online retailer Amazon.com has purchased some for workers in its cubicles, he said.
Ferrusi won’t release sales figures but says he currently cannot keep up with demand and turned down an offer to pitch his device to potential backers on the television show “Shark Tank.”
The standing desk was my least favorite option, but not for the reason you’d suspect.
“How’s the weather up there?” one colleague asked after I set up my workstation. “As long as you’re up, can you get us some coffee?,” another inquired. A third sent around a Gawker post with this headline: “Sit at Your Desk and Die or Stand and Look Stupid: The Ultimate Office Dilemma.” It’s not easy being a visionary.
My desk in a cubicle cluster at work is equipped with lifts, though after years of disuse, they wouldn’t raise the surface high enough. I put my dual monitors on platforms, my keyboard on a thick stack of newspapers and my mouse on a pile of books. Even so, I never found a comfortable angle for the typing I do all day.
There are so many standing desks on the market that I bet you can overcome this problem. A high stool would have helped, too.
After a few hours of working standing up, my feet and back began to ache, so I took some sitting breaks. Remember, as I wrote last summer, the goal isn’t to prove you’re an ironman who can stand all day. It’s to keep your larger muscles active and burning calories.
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