Blogger PSA: A Better Way to Work for Just $20
This is a Public Service Announcement:
Bloggers (and anyone who spends a good deal of time on the computer) — this one's for you. I don't need to emphasize how much time we spend sitting because there are tons of stories and studies out there decrying how sedentary humans have become. I've become *painfully* aware of it myself over the years via lower back problems, weight gain, aches and pains, and low energy. My day job requires a computer and I spend a good portion of my day at a desk, that's just the way it is. Since I spend a lot of time on the computer at work, I try not to spend too much time on it at home, but as a blogger, you find yourself sitting at a desk for extended periods on nights and weekends, too. After having several awful attacks of lower back pain within the last six months, I knew I had to find a solution for my sitting syndrome, but as I soon discovered, it wouldn't come cheap.
When I saw the Varidesk commercials on TV, I literally squealed at the thought that someone had finally thought of a way to solve my problem! However, all of that excitement evaporated when I saw the price — starting at $395! Who can afford that?! It angered me to know that a healthier way of working was out of my reach (and others') simply because it was too expensive. After some extensive Amazon searching, I found the holy grail of standing desks and I feel like it's my moral duty to share it with you — friends, meet Spark by Ergodriven.
This genius invention is...wait for it...$20! It's made out of very sturdy cardboard, it's easy to assemble and it's the PERFECT solution for desktop or laptop computers. You can choose from three different sizes (small, medium, large) based on your height. I'm about 5'5'' and I have a medium at work for my desktop and at home for my laptop, and it's just the right height. Keep in mind that your arms should be at a 90 degree angle when typing and you should have your neck level with the screen, so you're not craning it up or down. I like to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day, and this desk is a cinch to put up or down, and can be easily stored under a desk.
I was skeptical at first that this wouldn't work as well as the pricier standing desks out there, but I've been using it for more than a month now and I cannot imagine my daily life without it. My back feels great, I have more energy throughout the day and I've even lost a few pounds. I only have one regret — that I didn't know about this product sooner! If anyone from Ergodriven reads this post, please know that you have changed my life (and many more) for the better and you cannot put a price on that! Thank you for making such an excellent product and a healthier lifestyle affordable for all.
If you're suffering from your own bout of sitting syndrome, I highly encourage you to check out Spark by Ergodriven as well as their other products. In the process of transitioning to a sitting/standing routine at work, I realized I needed an anti-fatigue mat to take the pressure off my feet. I just purchased the Topo Mini and I'm currently getting acquainted with it. It's comparable in price to others on the market yet very uniquely contoured to give your feet more options to move around than just standing in place (aka "calculated terrain"). I recommend starting with the standing desk and if you decide it's for you, invest in a mat.
Are you tired of sitting and have you found a different product that works for you? Have you tried Spark by Ergodriven or are you planning to now? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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