As a writer, you sit at a desk for long periods of time. But maybe it’s time to shake that up! One of the best helpful tools for writers is a standing desk. Stay fit and get all your work done at the same time.
Benefits of a Standing Desk
1. Standing burns more calories than sitting.
2. Standing may lower blood sugar and lessen the risk of heart disease.
4. Standing may increase productivity.
5. Staying awake during the middle of the day is much easier if you’re standing.
6. It’s easier to move around if you’re already standing, increasing blood flow.
7. Standing usually results in better posture than sitting does.
Cons of a Standing Desk
1. It may result in foot pain, muscle soreness, and increase pressure on knees.
2. Standing can distract you from writing if you become uncomfortable.
3. Standing when you’re writing a novel is a form of multi-tasking, and it may not allow you to fully immerse yourself in writing.
If you want the benefits of a standing desk without the cons, we suggest getting an adjustable desk. That way, when your body tells you that you need to sit, you can sit. Don’t try to stand all day—that will just result in pain. Try standing during tasks that require less concentration, such as answering emails and writing social media posts. Then sit for those intense writing moments. Alternating between sitting and standing is actually more healthy (and better for your back) than standing all day or sitting all day because you’re moving. Of course, it’s a good idea to take breaks where you move around and stretch.
Helpful Tools for Writers: Standing Desk Options
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These are standing “desks” that go on top of your current desk.
If all you use is a laptop, a simple, cheap stand like this would work:
If you only use a single monitor, a desk like this would fit your needs:
But if you need a little more space, one of these desks could be worth your while:
If you want to get a little more fancy (and strain your arms less), you can get a desk with an electric adjusting button, like this one:
If you want a complete desk rather than an adjuster that goes on top of an existing desk, check out these options:
Have you used a standing desk? What do you use? We’d love to hear your experience with one of our helpful tools for writers in the comments below!