The standing desk has always been trendy. In addition to the growing number of employees at Facebook, Google, and yes, even the White House trading in their sitting desks for standing ones, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some famous people who also used a standing desk.
Why do Facebook employees use a standing desk?
A standing desk sits high off the floor so a worker can either stand at it or sit on a high stool. Mark Zuckerberg chooses to work at a standing desk and encourages employees at his Facebook office to use them as well.
Officials at Palo Alto-based Facebook say a number of employees asked about standing desks after news articles were published about the health risks of sitting all day. In recent years many medical studies have concluded that sitting for too long leads to increased health risks.
Famous people and their stand desks
Sitting all day is not good for your mind, body and health. A good mix of standing and sitting gives your body an extra measure of energy and creativity. I guess this is why so many powerful and creative people from history and present have used standing desks.
Popular Science first covered the standing desk in late 1800’s and continued to stick with the topic up until the mid 1960’s.
Leonardo Da Vinci
It is said that standing desks date at least back to the 1400s - Leonardo Da Vinci used one. He stood by his standing desk as he created the "Mona Lisa."
Thomas Jefferson worked at an adjustable height standing desk. One of the more interesting pieces of furniture owned by Jefferson was a tall, sit or stand desk for reading or drawing.
The desk could be adjusted with a ratchet stand, while a bail handle pulled forward the front of the desk to reveal a flat, lined writing surface.
Along with being known for his great writing and unique personality, Hemingway was also a big proponent of the standing desk.
"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind," said the author. "I like to write standing up."
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a renowned polymath, leading author, printer, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat and of course, user of a stand desk.
Sir Winston Churchill
While plotting ways to outsmart the Nazi’s, the British Prime Minister wasn’t slouched in an armchair. He was known for being bolt upright at his standing desk while writing and thinking about tactical methods to end the war.
Standing up while working could place you in the same league as these great individuals who managed to reinforce their mind, body and health by using a stand desk.