My Stand Up Desk: The Best Thing I Did For My Home Business This Year

by Sarah on December 8, 2011

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I almost missed the email. It was a short one. From a marketer who – while I enjoy his missives – sends out a lot of them . . .

But I didn’t overlook this one. And it’s a good thing I didn’t.

Because it spoke volumes about something so many business owners suffer from. And something that their businesses end up suffering from.

In fact, it costs businesses an estimated $7.4 billion every year due to lost productivity.

And the moment I read the email, I winced because I happened to be recovering from it myself:

“Sorry I’ve been absent for a while,” read the email. “I had a back injury . . .”

I understood all too well.

See, ordinarily I’m in pretty good shape. But I’d slowed down on my activity for the past couple of months. And that’s not all. Without much consideration to my on-vacation lower back muscles, I jumped right into moving several wheelbarrow loads of compost one bright afternoon. Not a good plan.

The next morning I was surprised when I could barely lift my foot to put my pants on.  I’d hurt my back.

Now, let me pause a moment to note something here: Even though I was in pain and not able to move like I was used to, this was nothing compared to what some people with back pain suffer. It was somewhat manageable.

But nonetheless it cramped my style. I couldn’t run as much as I like to. I had to hold off of jiu jitsu for a bit.

And darn, it was hard to get dressed and put my shoes on!

However, it didn’t slow me down in business like it did for my email marketer colleague.

Because lucky for me I had a stand up desk.

My Stand Up Desk Got My Back And Got Me Back To Work

If you have a back injury you know all too well that sitting is the worst. Nothing locks you into a painful grimace like spending some time in a chair.

But standing – on the other hand – is much easier on the back. When you stand, your back can settle in its natural curve. And all that shifting around from foot to foot allows your muscles to contract and relax, shift and adjust, taking the strain off of your back over the course of the day.

So even though my back was hurting, I could stay at my desk and crank out all the work that might have piled up causing me more stress and strain down the road.

But my desk saved me in even more ways than just this . . .

How My Stand Up Desk Saved My Back

Even though I’d been neglecting my farm chores a bit (handing them over to my husband) over the last two months and letting my back soften a bit, I hadn’t let my back completely off the hook.

I’d been standing at my desk.

I’d been shifting around making my muscles hold my torso up as I clattered away on my keyboard.

For this reason, even though my wheelbarrow escapade caused some problems – it wasn’t the disaster it could have been.

I rested up a few days . . . Rubbed arnica in at night . . . And within a week I was starting to exercise a bit.

And a month later – when we needed to both help my mother pack up her house and move to her new apartment – not only was I on schedule with my writing work. But I was also able to cart boxes of books and help my husband maneuver furniture into the moving van without a hitch.

Literally – within one month, I went from not being able to lift my foot off the ground one day to moving boxes.

And while I can attribute some of my speedy recovery to being healthy overall, I’ve got to give thanks for my stand up desk.  My desk kept me on my feet and in subtle ways strengthened my back, supplementing my regular activity.

It not only allowed me to work after the injury, but also minimized the injury.

Now I could turn this into a full discussion of the core message in Your Healthy Home Biz – that when you take care of your health, you’re taking care of your business. You’re making sure that you can perform at your best.

But instead I’ll leave that be for now. Instead, I’ll just leave you thinking about the marketer who had to take a leave of absence from marketing to his list . . . and my story.

What healthy move allowed you to keep your business going strong this year? Please share below!

my pic YHHB edited 1 150x150 My Stand Up Desk: The Best Thing I Did For My Home Business This YearSarah Clachar has built a thriving health copywriting business from scratch while being a mom . . . nurturing a strong marriage . . . and running a small homestead farm. Along with a BA in biology, she’s got two decades of experience teaching and researching about natural health. Her articles have been published in Life Extension Magazine, Health, Mothering, A Taste For Life, Nutrition Business Journal, and Natural Foods Merchandiser.

Over the years, she became keenly aware how important strategically working to maintain her health was for her business. And even more importantly, how good health factored into enjoying the rewards of having a successful business.

At Your Healthy Home Biz, Sarah has combined her expertise in health and her experience running a freelance health copywriting business into a special resource for home biz owners, freelancers and solopreneurs. Your Healthy Home Biz provides inspiration and a system for transforming your workday so you can run your home business without running yourself into the ground.

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  • Ann

    Hi Sarah:
    We haven’t been in touch for awhile, and I’m sorry to read about your back. So glad for you that you are on the mend now – and yeah for stand up desks and treadmill desks.
    Now to get me to be true to my promise to myself … and walk more regularly on it!
    Good to be back,
    Ann

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.clachar Sarah Clachar

      Hey Ann, good to “see” you here. My back is strong enough for kickboxing and wheelbarrow loads now – thanks in part to my desk. Yes! Go walk and write! Send in a pic if you get the chance.

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