Experiment Dresser Desk Update

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hey, I'm back to report on my week of working at my standing desk! (Not a terribly exciting topic, I know.) I explained in my post on Tuesday that I wanted to see if standing all day at my desk would improve my energy levels and overall stamina. I read that the first three days are the toughest to bear, and it becomes easy as ABC afterwards.

Day 1: Sunday
I only got the idea to do the experiment about halfway through the day, so I stood probably for about 4-5 hours, total. I noticed that I became extremely antsy before I rearranged my dresser to serve as my desk, but I was also much more productive when I got down to business.

Day 2: Monday
A failure. Within 40 minutes of beginning work at my desk (40 minutes of pure productivity, however), the onslaught of a migraine caught me. I only very recently began experiencing these migraines -- about a month or two ago, tops. What happens (and they always occur on Monday mornings, please explain this to me!) is I'll be reading something and then the center of my field of vision will become very bright, sort of one of those images you get after staring directly at the sun or after a camera's flash goes off. The brightness usually expands over about 10 minutes' time so that I can only really read out of the corners of my field of vision, and if I look at something directly, it's almost impossible to make out a full image. This brightness usually disappears after about 30 minutes to an hour for me, sometimes followed by a very mild headache (the kind that's mild but stays with you all day, ugh).

Well, needless to say, I spent most of the day seated or laying prostrate on my bed.

Day 3: Tuesday
I actually pulled it off today. Towards the end of the day, my thighs felt a little sore, but nothing major. In terms of productivity, it was A++. Since my dresser isn't the world's largest dresser, I can't fit both my study materials and my laptop on it at the same time. For some reason, this made me reluctant to get on my laptop at all, which just meant more productivity! I wonder if it'll last ... and how my legs will feel tomorrow.

Day 4: Wednesday
You know what? I'm not as sore as I thought I'd be. My upper thighs do feel a teeny bit tight, but I also did yoga yesterday evening, so that may have helped. I am noticing, however, that my butt feels bigger ... perhaps standing all day works the glutes? I'm not noticing much on the stamina yet, but I am still quite productive standing. Maybe this whole thing is a conspiracy for employers to get their employees to work more efficiently? Hmm ...

Day 5: Thursday
The last day of the week I need to work at a desk, but I ran around doing errands most of the day instead of working at the desk. So far, I've noticed that my thighs and glutes are possibly firmer, but no noticeable change in energy. No extreme soreness or misery like others reported, either. Maybe that's where I've gone wrong?

Perhaps Week Two will be the death of me.

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