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Stand and deliver: How a Varidesk can boost health – and work output

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Did you know a standing desk can help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar – and also help to reduce and prevent pains from sitting all day?

Standing desks not only help to improve heart health, you can also burn 50 calories (209 kilojoules) an hour and increase your concentration by 46%.

Used by more than 90% of the fortune 500 companies, it's easy to see why they are so popular.

Several expert studies agree that sitting for long periods of time can take years off your life.

Sitting for eight hours a day or more can be a health risk similar to obesity or smoking – and may be linked to an increased risk of cancer.

Reduced back pain

Also, back pain often occurs from prolonged inactivity and sitting.

One study has found that switching between sitting and standing throughout the workday can lead to a 54% reduction in neck and back pain.

Also, 95% of standing desk users felt some relief from lower back pain within 15 days.

It pays to stay active

Being moderately active for 60 to 75 minutes a day can counter the effects of too much sitting.

While the jury is still out on whether a standing desk can deliver the same benefits as 60-75 minutes of physical activity, most agree it can improve productivity.

Standing periodically during the working day helps to combat drowsiness – especially after lunch.

And working in a sit/stand/move cycle can help to improve concentration sharpen the mind.

There is currently a broad range of standing desks available for office workers.

Turn any desk into a standing desk

We recently test drove the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 and were most impressed with its performance.

In recent years, Varidesk has grown to become the most well-known standing desk brand available. The company offers a range of desks to suit everyone. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your workspace.

With a Varidesk you can quickly turn any desk to a standing desk. Varidesk’s sit-to-stand desks allow you to go from sitting to standing throughout the day, quickly and easily.

The Pro Plus desks are Varidesk’s most popular adjustable desk series. Like all of their adjustable desk risers, it is very easy to lower and raise the position of the desk.

And it’s very sturdy in all positions.Varidesk 1

The Pro Plus 36 can accommodate dual monitors and hold up to 15.8kg in weight.

It gives you a large work surface with plenty of space for your drink bottle, coffee mug, tablets, notebooks, laptops, mouse pad, pens and stationery.

Varidesk Pro Plus 36 comes with 11 different height positions for maximum comfort.

As an added bonus, it arrives fully assembled. There are no complicated instructions and no tools required.

Weight loss

Most people don’t realise that sitting at a desk all day can negatively affect your weight. On average offices workers put on over 3.6kg in their first year of work. Many workers sit around for up to 16 hours a day, including commuting and watching television at home.

Standing desks help to burn calories. Sitting for the full day can significantly slow your metabolic rate and can negate any workouts you do get in that day.

When used for four hours each working day, standing desks help burn up to 50 calories an hour, that's 1,000 calories per week, or 48,000-52,000 a year. That’s the same calories burnt as running over 18 marathons.

Brain health

Using a standing desk can increase productivity by 46%, one study shows. 

Texas A&M found that workers that regularly used standing desks showed significant improvements in executive function and working memory capabilities.

Also, reducing your amount of occupational sitting time may have mental health benefits. This includes anxiety, depression, memory loss and any feeling associated with being overwhelmed.

Heart health

Your heart needs exercise, the right foods and spending less time sitting and more time standing lowers blood sugar, cholesterol and weight, which means a lower risk of heart disease.

Positives:

  • Sits on top of existing desk
  • Simple design takes you from sitting to standing in 3 seconds
  • Easy to adjust
  • No assembly required
  • Large keyboard space
  • Easy to achieve an ergonomic position
  • No-risk, 30-day guarantee
  • Stability. The platform is sturdy in all positions – even when fully extended

Negatives:

  • Unit is relatively heavy. You may need more than one person to move it.
  • High price point compared to many other all-in-one standing/sitting desks

Prices start from $250. To learn more visit:  AU.Varidesk.com

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