Even the self-professed redneck Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty installed stand up desks in his business. In the 2013 Duck Dynasty season finale we see the Duck Commander operation start using Stand up desks. Willie, the CEO, even explains to his skeptical brother Jase that stand up desks promote productivity, movement, and can help your back. Willie’s crazy uncle Si initially doesn’t like the desks and says “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But when he sees that they don’t require him to stand all day and have a push button that makes the desk go up and down, he gets excited and says “But you can bring him new toys!” Of course the desktops they installed have camouflage paint on them. After all, we are talking about the same Willie who rented a camouflaged limo because it “is like a bug light for Rednecks!”
Uncle Si isn’t the only old dog that can benefit from a new toy like a standing desk. Like Willie said, stand up desks promote better circulation and can help keep you feeling focused and energized while you work. But those are only a few of the benefits of being able to easily go from sitting to standing while working. Other benefits include increased calorie burn, weight loss, and an increase in life expectancy.
So while ol’ Uncle Si may want to sit back and relax all day in his comfy chair with his ice tea cup, he may be shocked to learn that sitting in that chair all day is actually doing as much harm to his body as when he ate 32 donuts to win a bet. Sitting for long periods of time has been proven to cause fat to accumulate in your heart, liver and brain. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, your muscles can lose definition and your energy and feeling of well-being can get snatched away faster than Si can say “Hey! That’s a fact JACK!!!!!!” Standing up for at least fifteen minutes every hour can make a huge positive difference in your health, and it’ll also keep your back healthier by alleviating heavy loads your spine has to carry while you sit. Willie’s dad Phil won’t even consider sitting around the office all day, and neither should you.
So if you’re stuck at work all day like Willie, Jase and Si, give your back – and the rest of your body – a break by standing up with an adjustable height desk. Don’t make your health feel like uncle Si when he said “Hey, I’m like Aretha Franklin, I don’t get no R -S -P -E -C -T around here!”
Willie likes productivity and so do most business CEOs. You may not make Duck Calls for a living, but ask yourself if your widget of choice could see a boost in production from a stand up desk. I’m sure even Phil would agree that stand up desks will make you “happy, happy, happy.”