Standing at Work: VARIDESK Review

If you sit in an office/cubicle for a living, then you are probably well aware of the dangers of sitting all day long. The health issues caused by sitting is a long list including: obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, over-productive pancreas, strained neck, damage to lumbar disks and poor blood circulation, just to name a few. There is a real risk of cancer as well that has been linked to sitting too much. The American Journal of Epidemiology conducted a study finding that people who work a sedentary job have almost twice the risk of a specific type of colon cancer. The risks and dangers of sitting too much is real. Good news, however, there is an easy solution…stand more! Standing more, especially at work has many health benefits. In addition to combating the issues mentioned above, standing also helps burn more calories and boosts energy. The only question that remains is how to go about standing while working…enter VARIDESK.

VARIDESK in use

As you can see from the images above, the VARIDESK can be used to both sit and stand. There are levers on both sides that make it easy to raise and lower the desk when needed. If you’re going to use a standing desk, it’s very important to make sure the desk, when in the standing position, is at the right height. The VARIDESK is easy to adjust to many different heights so you can find the right height for you. I had a couple of different criteria in mind when trying to find the right standing desk for me. First and foremost, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t take up too much space. Secondly, I wanted a desk that is a quality product and well constructed. Being able to easily switch between standing and sitting was an important criteria and lastly price. When I researched all of the various standing desks on the market, VARIDESK is the only one that hit all my criteria.

When I received the VARIDESK, I knew right away that it’s well constructed. It’s made of quality components and I know that it will stand the test of time. It looked a little big, so I was somewhat worried that it would take up too much space, but when I placed it on my desk, it was a perfect fit. It leaves room on my desk for my other supplies and I really haven’t noticed the size of the desk. As I mentioned above, the ease at which I can stand or sit is amazing and really makes the VARIDESK stand out from other products. One factor that I did not consider until I started using the VARIDESK is the cool factor. The desk certainly gets a fair amount of attention from co-workers. Everyone understands the risks of sitting, but you don’t (especially in my office) see too many people standing while working. It took some time for me to adjust to standing, and it took some time for my co-workers to adjust to me standing.

My body was accustom to sitting for 8-10 hours a day for the last 15 years so it took a good couple of days for my legs and back to adjust to standing most of the day. After my body adjusted to this change, I started to notice the health benefits right away. I feel more energized and refreshed at the end of the day. I don’t feel sluggish from sitting the entire day. There has also been a considerable decrease in neck and shoulder soreness. I used to foam roll my neck and shoulders every night due to being hunched over at my desk. I don’t have that soreness anymore and that’s a good feeling!

If you sit for long periods of time and are serious about your health, I highly recommend getting a VARIDESK standing desk. There are different models available with varying size of surface area. If you don’t need a desk that can support two monitors, they offer a laptop version of the standing desk. Go check out the different models and find the right one for you!

Here is a short video that demonstrates the VARIDESK:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/88145941[/vimeo]

Do you use a standing desk? If so, what are the benefits you’ve noticed? If you don’t use a standing desk, why not? Would love to hear your comments and feedback!

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