Is sitting unhealthy for you?

For a good period of time you would hear about the negative impact that sitting for long periods of time can create. Even Apple and many other smart watch/fitness trackers will send you notifications to remind you to stand, get blood flow going, and to move around throughout your day to break up the long periods of sitting. Throughout time our jobs and lives have become a bit more sedentary, we work from desks most of the day, we've become accustomed to using services like Isntacart, Task rabbits, and even meal delivery services to fulfill some of the simple day to day duties like grocery shopping which helps us to increase our activity while buying the next meal.  I'm not judging I'm guilty of it. I love using Instacart for grocery shopping. The time I spend grocery shopping is now spent spending time with the girls, going to the gym, or working on my blog. Not a bad trade off. 

Throughout a majority of my working life I've had jobs that required my to stand. The 10 years I was a hairstylist, I rarely sat down while working on a client. Even during my corporate career at VSCO we had standing desks and areas in the office where we could stand. You can check out this beautiful office tour on Hypebeast. Along with an incredibly designed workspace, one of the things that I missed about that job was the standing desk that came with it. I spent a lot of my time at VSCO in meetings, walking outdoors with team mates to conduct our 1:1s, and mostly standing at my desk or at one of the laptop bar areas scattered throughout that beautiful space. 

photos by Mariko Reed

photos by Mariko Reed

Unfortunately, when I left VSCO I couldn't take my standing desk with me. (I should've asked for one in the severance agreement, LOL JK!) When I started to create #mytinycorner and office space for studying and working at home I didn't have the start up budget VSCO had to set up a workspace like that. Instead I purchase an awesome desk that fit my needs and aesthetic until just about now. 

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9 months of sitting at without the ability to immediately adjust my work area has made my lower back tight. It feels as if the lower vertabrae are smashed up tightly against each other which is where stretching and yoga has really come in handy. A few weeks ago I began to ask all my followers on IG stories for desk recommendations and oh boy did my friends come through with some amazing recommendations. I had some requirements too. The standing desk could either be one I could put on top of my current desk or a completely new one.  The desk needed to be white, aesthetic is important to my work environment. The dimensions had to be no bigger than 48" x 24" since the area I have for my desk is legitimately a tiny little corner.  

Movi Workspace

Movi Workspace

A few that were recommended to me were: InMovement, Varidesk, and one from a brand called Movi Workspace, which is the one I've decided to get after spending days and nights bookmarking and researching different options. Since I just got my desk, I wasn't ready to part with it quite yet, but needed a standing desk option that was sleek, well designed, electric, could fit two screens (I work off my laptop and 27" monitor) and didn't require a big fat piece of equipment sitting on top of my delicate workspace area. Movi Workspace seemed to fit all those requirements. It's currently on Kickstarter and I'm proudly backing this particular project because of my own needs, of course. Just kidding, but honestly this is the first design I've seen that matches my desire to fulfill a more minimal lifestyle.

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Here are other standing desk options online: 

For more information on Movi Workspace check out their Kickstarter here. 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.