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    With all the issues I have with my hips I finally talked my boss into letting me switch to a standing desk. Sitting at a desk most of the day along with a ride to/from work that is 50 minutes long, my hips and legs feel destroyed by the end of everyday. So far it has been the single best thing that I have done. I have a drafting stool that goes up to 36" so if I want to lean back on something for a few minutes to give my legs a rest it is available to me. Otherwise it is up all day. The one MUST have for this though, a fatigue mat to stand on. All in all, about $600 invested.

    This is where I got some ideas from http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/bl...standing-desk/
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  • #2
    nice. did you have any hip flexor issues?

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=mateus;1070268]With all the issues I have with my hips I finally talked my boss into letting me switch to a standing desk. Sitting at a desk most of the day along with a ride to/from work that is 50 minutes long, my hips and legs feel destroyed by the end of everyday. So far it has been the single best thing that I have done. I have a drafting stool that goes up to 36" so if I want to lean back on something for a few minutes to give my legs a rest it is available to me. Otherwise it is up all day. The one MUST have for this though, a fatigue mat to stand on. All in all, about $600 invested.
      QUOTE]

      This is awesome.
      I've seen on a variety of different websites a bunch of hype about standing desks, and played it off as just that.
      Just recently I was privileged enough (:P) to be moved to a position where I work at a desk quite a bit now. Lo and behold, the desks have the ability to be raised up and down.
      NOW, I try to stand while at the desk whenever I can. I find that my lower back and knees feel less jacked up than they normally would after a days work.
      It also seems that stretching my Hip Flexors has become much easier.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by steve302 View Post
        nice. did you have any hip flexor issues?
        Still do Hip flexors, TFL, Psoas, etc. etc. Still being punished for when I was younger and dumber and thought I needed to leg press a Buick.
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        • #5
          [QUOTE=hammersmashface;1070274]
          Originally posted by mateus View Post
          With all the issues I have with my hips I finally talked my boss into letting me switch to a standing desk. Sitting at a desk most of the day along with a ride to/from work that is 50 minutes long, my hips and legs feel destroyed by the end of everyday. So far it has been the single best thing that I have done. I have a drafting stool that goes up to 36" so if I want to lean back on something for a few minutes to give my legs a rest it is available to me. Otherwise it is up all day. The one MUST have for this though, a fatigue mat to stand on. All in all, about $600 invested.
          QUOTE]

          This is awesome.
          I've seen on a variety of different websites a bunch of hype about standing desks, and played it off as just that.
          Just recently I was privileged enough (:P) to be moved to a position where I work at a desk quite a bit now. Lo and behold, the desks have the ability to be raised up and down.
          NOW, I try to stand while at the desk whenever I can. I find that my lower back and knees feel less jacked up than they normally would after a days work.
          It also seems that stretching my Hip Flexors has become much easier.
          True indeed. I can actually stretch the hip flexors and hammies while standing at the desk and working.
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          • #6
            I wish I could do something like that. I sit 10 hours a day. Lately I have been getting a burning sensation in my hams and I have to get up and walk around. I don't have the liberty to stand up because there are overhead storage places above the computers that others use to put their person items. The top of the monitor is just a few inches from the under part of the storage area.

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=mateus;1070281]
              Originally posted by hammersmashface View Post

              True indeed. I can actually stretch the hip flexors and hammies while standing at the desk and working.
              Multi-tasking is a key to being productive

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DEADn View Post
                I wish I could do something like that. I sit 10 hours a day. Lately I have been getting a burning sensation in my hams and I have to get up and walk around. I don't have the liberty to stand up because there are overhead storage places above the computers that others use to put their person items. The top of the monitor is just a few inches from the under part of the storage area.
                Sounds like you work under someones staircase :P
                Perhaps there are some stretches you could do while sitting, to help alleviate some of the discomfort? I know when I'm not at my standing desk, I try and sit with one leg crossed (ankle of right leg, on the knee/quad of left leg and vice cersa). That seems togive me a decent little glute stretch.
                Just an idea.
                Last edited by hammersmashface; 03-13-2014, 03:33 PM. Reason: clarification

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DEADn View Post
                  I wish I could do something like that. I sit 10 hours a day. Lately I have been getting a burning sensation in my hams and I have to get up and walk around. I don't have the liberty to stand up because there are overhead storage places above the computers that others use to put their person items. The top of the monitor is just a few inches from the under part of the storage area.
                  What about something like this....
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mateus View Post
                    What about something like this....
                    The computer will not go that high because of a storage cabinet above it used by someone to put their things in. The distance between the monitor and the under carriage is just a few inches. I can stand up but I have to bend over to type.
                    occasionally I will put my ankle to the opposite knee and turn to the side. The table is a bit low and not made for tall people. I think the chairs we use suck. I often release lever to sit back for a while and then sit straight up so my torso moves around some without the chair being totally still. It is only in the last few weeks that I have noticed some occasional burning. Sometimes for an hour and other times for several hours.

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                    • #11
                      Thought about trying a kneeling chair but I think it would take a toll on my knees after 10 hours. or maybe 9.5 hours because I do get up to go do things that are not at the desk.

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                      • #12
                        Go into your disabled loo in work and do fire hydrants/Lunges/Split squat with an iso hold (on the disabled Metal pole they have next to the loo.
                        100% serious.Everyday. Sometimes twice in the day. 10-20 reps depending on how you feel.

                        I still do this now, in my 9-5 job.

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                        • #13
                          Been thinking about this too.....thanks for the post.........

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                          • #14
                            #oldpeopleproblems

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for posting this!

                              Where'd you get the stool?

                              I get a similar problem but it's in my knees; long periods of driving with legs bent at 90 degrees.
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