January 8, 2012 5:17 PM Subscribe
Sitting at a desk all day for work: is it as agonizing as I think it would be?
posted by indognito to work & money (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a different line of work. While my current line of work is problematic for many reasons, one of the things I actually really like about it is the freedom to more or less get up and walk around at any time, for almost any reason. In fact, "roving," as it's called, is actually encouraged.
But I'm looking for jobs that are more writing and communications-focused, which means sitting at a desk. From the internships I've had in these fields, I know that sitting at a desk for even four hours at a stretch is physically exhausting. My legs and ass start to hurt, I get almost unbearably restless, etc. Doing any kind of sitting-intense activity outside of work, such as going to the movies, becomes quite unappealing. It sounds like I'm being a diva, but I swear I am not making this up.
So: those of you with desk jobs--is it really this bad? Is it considered ok at your workplace to get up every hour or so and walk around? Would it be viewed as overly odd if I were to land a desk job and construct a makeshift standing desk for myself by propping my computer up on a box, as I do at home? (Obviously, these are all contingent on the culture of each particular workplace, but I'm trying to get a general feel for how unacceptable these things might be in general.)
I've been told by those who have desk jobs that "you get used to it." In my case I seriously doubt that this is so. Any experiences you can share would be great.