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Everything you need to know about creating healthy standing habits.
Simple ways to add movement to every day and easy tips for happy, healthy, more productive work.
From setup to daily use, here’s what to know about using your height-adjustable VariDesk standing-desk solution.
If you’re considering making your workday healthier with a standing desk, you’re not alone. A growing number of people and companies are choosing to buy standing desks in order to upgrade or replace their traditional desks, and that means an explosion in the number of products consumers have to choose from. To make your search a little less daunting, here are a few things to consider when looking to buy a standing desk.
Standing desks are nothing new–Ben Franklin and Ernest Hemingway both used one–but the main reason for the increasing popularity of standing desks is the mountain of scientific evidence showing that a sedentary lifestyle is dangerous to our health. Sitting and inactivity negatively affect our physical, mental and emotional health, as well as our productivity. In fact, The Mayo Clinic coined the term “sitting disease” to describe the laundry list of ailments that studies have associated with excessive sitting. The most common and costly chronic illnesses of our time are on that list, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, back pain, cancer and depression. The research also suggests that simple interventions like standing desks are effective in breaking up sitting time, increasing daily movement, and even improving work performance and productivity. *
Movement is the Key
Considering the bad press that sitting has been getting lately, it’s understandable that some might think the answer is to get rid of their chair altogether and stand up all day. However, too much standing comes with its own set of problems. A healthy balance between sitting, standing and movement is the best approach to creating a more active workday. The human body is designed to move, so a height-adjustable, sit-stand desk is the healthiest solution because it gives you the freedom to change positions and incorporate regular movement throughout your workday.*
Consider your Workspace
The landscape of the modern workplace varies widely; cubicles, open benching, co-working spaces, traditional offices, kitchen tables and neighborhood cafes are all part of the mix, so it’s important to get a sit-stand solution that fits your situation and work style.
Getting Down to the Details
Once you’re ready to start comparing specific models, there are some details and practical matters to consider.
Height Adjustment: Manual or Electric Standing Desk?
Choose a Brand You Can Trust
Consider the Whole Package
Making it Happen
When you’ve found the best standing desk and you’re ready to buy, who foots the bill? The answer depends on your work situation, your company’s policy, and possibly even your wellness plan options.
Hopefully, this guide will help to simplify the process of finding the best standing desk solution for you. If you end up buying one from VARI, we’d love to hear from you and get your feedback on our products, your purchasing experience, our customer service performance and anything else you’d like to share. As a company, we strive to create fans for life and we consider VARI customers our best resource in achieving that goal.
*Research sources cited here.
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