I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. (NIV)
Recently, I read a post from fellow blogger, Christopher Jennings Penders, at Wisdom and Life, on how we can all begin to take better care of ourselves. One of his many suggestions includes switching from the traditional "sitting" desk to a standing one.
Chris writes: I found that sitting all the time at home to write or do any kind of work at my computer, compressed my spine so badly that I started to experience lower back stress. Now that I have my standing desk, it's helped ease much of the stress on my back.
This gets me thinking . . .
My computer perches atop an early 20th Century drafting table. My dad got it for me almost forty years ago from Emory University's biology department when they were going through a major remodeling. This table was destined for the dump until Dad intervened. So glad he did!
Because of the desk's height, my chair, too, is a tall, cushioned bar stool.
When I remove the chair, and simply stand in front of my desk, I discover it's the perfect height for me to type/read on my computer! And that's precisely what I'm doing as I compose this post.
Did I decide to try out a standing desk only because Chris finds it beneficial? Not at all. I've been hearing positive things about them in the media for months. And according to the article, The Benefits and Considerations of Using a Standing Desk, research indicates that the health perks of standing while working are many. Here are just a few highlights:
- Less obesity risk
- Reduced cancer risk - this is especially true for breast and colon cancers
- Longer life - we all know that being too sedentary is not good for us
- Better posture - a real bonus for me as I already have osteoporosis, and need to keep up my core strength to combat it.
Another thumbs-up for me in standing at the computer is that I don't stop moving; I may shuffle my feet, sway slightly from side to side, or roll up gently on the balls of my feet. And my leg muscles, which often feel flaccid and lazy when I get up after sitting too long, act more like they've just enjoyed a brisk, 30-minute stint on the treadmill. Who can argue with that!
If after reading this, you are interested in purchasing a stand-up desk, I encourage you to read the article linked above in full. And don't stop there. Google is full of information on this subject.
But whether we choose to sit or stand while working, we can all take solace and comfort in the knowledge that God's love for us stands forever firm, forever faithful. We can stand strong in this world because of His grace and mercy that are readily available to each and every one of us.
We need only pray.