July 13, 2015 - How it all started
I've always wanted a stand-up desk without spending too much money, so I did what most people do when they have the urge to make things on a budget. I got a few cardboard boxes and propped up my monitor and keyboard. After standing for about 2 hour's my feet and knees were exhausted! I called up my buddy Mark and asked if I could have one of this patented 8Boards to keep my feet moving. Mark immediately said yes, and gave me the 8board the next day.
According to the Mayo Clinic "Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels." *
Sitting all day is bad, but standing all day in a fixed position isn't any better. The ideal situation is to stand up, but keep the lower body moving. According to a 2013 study in the journal of applied ergonomics "“It doesn’t matter if you’re standing or sitting, if you’re doing it statically, your body wasn’t designed that way,” says Ken Tameling, an ergonomic seating expert at the furniture company Steelcase. “You need to move.”*
The Stand up desk and the 8board were a great combination they did exactly that, they allowed me to work on my laptop and keep my feet moving and comfortable even after hours of standing.
Now the Cardboard boxes worked, but I wanted to make the setup a bit nicer so I went to Ikea for some ideas. $18 and a little carpentry work later, I had a 7 inch-high stand-up desk to go on top of my existing desk (my masterpiece pictured above with 8board). It was a pretty good start, but it wasn't very portable and I wanted to be able to take it between the office and the house. That's when Mark and I set out to make an even better portable, lightweight stand-up desk. To be continued.....
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