A Standing Desk for Writers

Can Writing be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?

The trouble with writing is, it’s a sit-down activity. This means that I’m often sitting for most of my day, both for “my real job” and for my blogs and other writing stuff. Simply Google “health risks of too much sitting” and you’ll find a myriad of information about it – so I’ll spare you the rundown here. I found myself dreading the idea of going into my office to write because that meant I had to sit again. In fact, I all but stopped writing in the morning because I dreaded the thought of going into my office to sit and write just after I’d gotten out of bed. Then of course I wouldn’t write in the evening because I’d already been sitting all day at the office!

What’s a writer to do?!

I got fidgety, and maybe a little frustrated, and I certainly started to judge myself for my lack of movement and my lack of writing. This is a very slippery slope for a creative person!

I actually found myself wishing that there was such a thing as being able to write while walking. Sure I could dictate my thoughts but I’d still have to sit down and write it out eventually. We all know that this much sitting is not great for a healthy lifestyle.

So … I started to explore my options for writing more comfortably. I started with pulling my foot stool out from under my desk and putting my laptop on it so I could stand and write. It was definitely a step in the right direction but … ewww my feet were just on that! Not to mention the height wasn’t quite right and there was no room for the mouse.

standing desk

And then Anthrodesk appeared!

Shortly after posting my article I Am a Writer, I received an email from Anthrodesk offering me a solution: the Manual Standing Desk Converter. I had to try it out!

(History side-note: Many moons ago I used to work in a reservations department for a major airline and they had a few adjustable desks. I always claimed one when I could and loved the versatility of being able to sit or stand throughout my day. This converter seemed like a reasonable likeness to my favorite ever desk.)

Anthrodeesk Standing Desk Converter

Pros for the Anthrodesk Manual Standing Desk Converter

  1. Super simple setup. Assembly took me less than 5 minutes!
  2. Solid construction. While it may not look like much, it’s an incredibly stable work surface.
  3. Fine height adjustments. I’m 5’ tall; there’s really not much difference in height between sitting and standing for me so it’s important to be able to adjust things to just a perfect height or else I create new problems with the ergonomics. The glides on it don’t have notches for the fittings to lock into; rather it uses compression fittings so you can adjust it perfectly.
  4. Easy to adjust. You just unlock the two levers, raise or lower it however you need to, and then lock it in place. There’s no crazy balancing act required!
  5. I don’t have to move it out of the way when not in use. Okay, honestly I’ve just figured this out, I just lower it all the way to sit down when needed.
  6. One less excuse for not writing! I can no longer use not wanting to sit anymore as an excuse for not writing.

Cons for the Anthrodesk Manual Standing Desk Converter (just to be fair)

  1. It’s made for right handed people. If you use the mouse with your left hand like some of us lefties do, this converter may not work well for you.
  2. The support bars inhibit the adjustment of a laptop screen for my optimal viewing. This wouldn’t happen if I had a smaller laptop I guess but I like my big screen. This could be fixed with a slightly larger work surface but I imagine that could make it less stable.
  3. One less excuse for not writing! I can no longer use not wanting to sit anymore as an excuse for not writing.

All in all the Standing Desk Converter is a great option for supporting good posture and a healthier writing lifestyle. I’ve already recommended it to a few people who also spend a lot of time at their desks. I’d consider getting an anti-fatigue mat to go with it but for now at least I have my footstool so I can shift around nicely. I think in my next office, I’ll likely splurge and get a full converting desk (Anthrodesk has them too!).

I’ll be adding this to the list of Gifts for Writers for 2018!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I am not an ergonomics expert so please do your own research and consultations before trying this or any other product. And I had to clear 3 piles of stuff off my desk to make it look this tidy. 

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