Get off your butt and start standing

If you work in an office, you may unknowingly be setting yourself up for future health difficulties. According to a recent story by NPR, people that spend too much time sitting throughout the week face a far greater probability of heart related illnesses compared to individuals who are more physically active. The NPR report quoted a researcher from South Carolina University who found that men that sat more than 23 hours a week were 64 percent more likely to die from heart related illnesses than were those that sat fewer than 11 hours in an average week.

The Good News

The message is clear: Get off your butt. Happily, you are able to greatly reduce your sitting hours by building a standing desk. A standing desk — that is exactly what it actually sounds like, a desk at which you stand as opposed to sit — is far from expensive. One can assemble it with low-cost parts from Ikea. Here’s the recipe, thanks to the Lifehacker blog.

The Easy Way

Need an easy way to create an uncomplicated standing desk for yourself? Lifehacker suggests getting some Utby legs from Ikea. To build this desk — one that is small but provides enough space for your 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 every one of these items at your nearest Ikea. They ought to cost you a total of about $140. As reported by Lifehacker, you can put this desk together simply by assembling the main desk and platform using a screwdriver.

A Bit More Complicated

You don’t need to accept a homemade standing desk having a narrow top. You can easily upgrade 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 busy. Lifehacker ranks this desk as a “medium” one to build, and so it shouldn’t be overly challenging to set up.

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