Day 6: Work at a Standing Desk #30DaysofGOOD Day 6: Work at a Standing Desk #30DaysofGOOD
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Day 6: Work at a Standing Desk #30DaysofGOOD

by Hillary Newman

October 9, 2011


Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Work at a standing desk.

I've read the doom-and-gloom medical news: Sitting at our desks all day is killing us. It also wreaks hell on our backs. Luckily there's something to be done about the problem, other than leaving your office job behind for the farm. You can work standing up, and it doesn't have to cost you hundreds of dollars.

Here are a couple steps to converting your desk into a standing one on the cheap.

1) Scour your office for old books that no one looks at. (Luckily I work for GOOD, where there are tons of magazine lying around.) Coffee table books work best.

2) Stack them on top of your current desk.

3) Put your computer on top of the pile.

4) Stand up.

Ta-da. You are now working at a standing desk. Enjoy the health benefits, which include a decreased chance of having a heart attack. Let's just hope that scientists don't come up with reasons why working standing up is going to kill us next.

-Zak Stone

Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Meditate for 15 minutes.

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Day 6: Work at a Standing Desk #30DaysofGOOD