I spent two weeks testing a standing desk in my home office and my life is forever changed.

The desk made such a difference in my productivity, my back pain, and my general health that I had to have one. I couldn’t quite swing the $700-plus price tag so I rigged together my own standing desk.

Clearly, it’s not the most beautiful thing to behold, and I’m probably risking computer catastrophe if someone slams a door too hard. But I’m willing to face that risk in order to stand up for my health.

Here’s a video wrapping up my experience, the people I talked to and the overall benefits of getting up from a desk chair that may be killing you:

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