If you aren’t aware of the new fad called “Sitting Disease”, you may want to check it out. I haven’t read much about it, because I haven’t felt the need to be convinced–I know I feel better when I don’t sit for long periods of time.
It also makes sense to me that homo sapiens did not evolve to sit. From what I understand, early humans didn’t sit around on chairs with their arms extended out, thumping away on stone keyboards. We moved, a lot.
So with that in mind, I’ve now built two walking desks, and I am immensely glad that I did. I can work for longer stretches, I feel better afterwards, and I have gained major campus-cred as that guy who has that weird-treadmill-computer-thingy.
The first one I built was extremely simple–as you can see. It started with just placing a board across the arm-rests. This was neat, but too low (I’m pretty tall). So I just cut a couple of really big wood blocks and wired those to the handrails, and voila–the perfect height!
The second one is much more sophisticated beast, being a totally free-standing piece. Fundamentally, this is a better setup. It doesn’t vibrate at all during footfalls, and there is lot more desk ‘real estate’. The only downside was that it took the better part of a day to make–though a bit part of that was working with extremely warped Indonesian-hardware-store-sourced lumber (don’t look too hard or you’ll see huge gaps all over the place!)