A standing desk can keep your heart healthy

Sitting throughout the day behind a desk? You may be putting yourself at risk of fatal heart problems. A recently available article by NPR included commentary from a researcher at South Carolina University who discovered that men that sit more than 23 hours a week are 64 percent more likely to die from heart disease than are their equivalents who only sit for 11 hours or less a week. That’s stunning news.

The Good News

The message is obvious: Get off your rear. Thankfully, you are able to decrease your sitting time by building a standing desk. A standing desk — that is exactly what it actually sounds like, a desk where you stand rather than sit — is far from expensive. It is easy to construct it with low-priced parts from Ikea. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of the Lifehacker blog.

The Easy Way

Need a simple way to create an easy standing desk for yourself? Lifehacker suggests getting some Utby legs from Ikea. To set up this desk — one that is small but provides enough space for a monitor, keyboard and laptop — you’ll need a Vika Amon Top, Utby underframe, Ekby Jarpen shelf and one set of Capita legs. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding each of these items at your nearest Ikea. They should cost you a maximum of about $140. As reported by Lifehacker, you can put this desk together just by assembling the main desk and platform with a screwdriver.

A Bit More Complicated

You need not accept a homemade standing desk with a narrow top. You can easily step up to one having a wider top. And you can get it done while still confining your desk-part shopping to your nearest Ikea. First, as Lifehacker advises, find two packages of Capita brackets, one Lack shelf, one Vika Amon tabletop and five Vika Byske legs at your Ikea. Then grab your power drill and get to work. Lifehacker ranks this desk as a “medium” one to build, as a result it shouldn’t be overly tricky to assemble.

Posted on: 01.09.13