I'm so thankful to work for a company that promotes health and wellness; in fact, on your first day of work at my company, you're given a Fitbit, and you can earn extra money by logging your steps, meals, the hours you sleep, etc. - it's awesome!
Recently, my company purchased stand-up desks for anyone who was interested, and you best believe I was all over it. As with most things, I used it non-stop for the first two days, and then never used it again (does anyone else have this problem?!); however, when Fluidstance contacted me to do a review of their balance board, The Level, I knew I had to give the whole stand-up desk another shot.
The Level is basically a balance board that allows you to engage in constant movement when you're standing (kind of like a bosu ball). The first week of using the board, I was conscious of my movements, but eventually it got to the point where I was swiveling and rocking when standing and not even thinking about it!
The board has a chic modern look, is very durable, and most of all, it's fun to use (and it's made in the US!). When using it throughout the day, I had coworkers walking by asking to try it out! If your company gives you a technology budget, this is a must buy.
I've noticed that my posture is better when using The Level (some how I still manage to slouch when standing!), and it's much easier to concentrate and actually get work done than when bouncing around on a stability ball.
The Level isn't cheap, but to be honest, it is no more expensive than a nice office chair, and it really is an investment in a healthier work life (or just life in general!). And it is a lifetime purchase!
If you aren't convinced that movement is important, I encourage you to do a quick Google search about all of the harms of prolonged sitting during the work day - I don't know about you, but I sit way too much! If you have a quick minute, you should read Sitting is the New Smoking - it makes me never want to sit again (even though I am sitting right now... baby steps, people!).
Do you have a stand-up desk? How do you avoid sitting all day?