Are standing desks the solution for office-bound workers?

Many office workers yearn for a job that does not require them to be sat down all day - and with the NHS now recommending taking 'an active break from sitting every 30 minutes' we should all be aiming to break up the lengthy inactivity of our working days with a little more active time.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 10:03 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 10:05 am

One option which is gaining popularity - although it’s not necessarily a new idea - is the standing desk.

Using a standing desk is a big change for many, but is reported to make a difference to many users health. They are said to burn up to 50 calories per hour, increase productivity by 46%, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and help reduce lower back pain by improving your posture.

I tried the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 , which is takes you from sitting to standing in just three seconds and requires no assembly.

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This desk riser’s two-tiered design gives you a spacious upper display area for your laptop, monitor, or even dual-monitor setup, while the lower deck has plenty of room for a full-sized keyboard, mouse and more.

The spring-loaded boost mechanism and dual handle design makes it super easy to lift, lower and adjust to any of the 11 height settings.

I have to say that after a few hours I noticed improvements in my neck which had been affected by years of hunching over my desk.After a few days I also had more energy. It quickly became part of my daily routine and while I still find myself reverting back to sitting on some days I find the standing desk so beneficial in helping to boost my energy levels. It’s a perfect solution for fit and well people who want to ensure their working life doesn’t impinge on their everyday health in my opinion.