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Prevent a multitude of possible health issues related to cubicle life.

There is an increasing number of recent studies reinforcing claims that too much sitting is linked to a whole host of health problems.  Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic lays out the long term effects of sedentary lifestyles in his book “Get up!  Why your chair is killing you, and what you can do about it”.  These effects include things like damage to the heart, pancreas, and colon, problems with digestion, muscle degeneration, bone weakness and even lack of oxygen to the brain.  Other related common health issues include high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol.

Adding a little bit of exercise to your lifestyle is often not enough to compensate.

people working out in gymThis is not really news.  We’ve known for years that sedentary lifestyles generally lead to a loss in the length and quality of life.  While helpful, attempts to inject physical activities into our lifestyles are often not sufficient, according to experts in the field, to compensate for the amount of time we spend seated in front of a computer at work or on the couch at home.

According to biomechanist, author and health educator Katy Bowman: Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day… You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.  We accept this aspect of daily life because it is precisely what most office jobs and careers demand of us, and let’s face it, we’ve all gotta eat right?

While this may be true, we think it’s time to start prioritizing our health at work.  It would be kind of silly not to wear a protective helmet at a construction site (not to mention illegal), so why not think of your health and safety in the office?

Make your workstation conform to your preferences.

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Standing desks are becoming extremely popular in office environments.  Not only do you avoid the problems associated with sitting on your rump for hours on end, but you also get the added benefit of making your workstation conform to you, instead of the other way around. Sitting at a desk that is too high or too low is a leading cause of pain and strain at work, which not only reduces productivity but can also lead to chronic back problems.

The Varidesk cubicle standing desk will change the way you work.

standing desk with double moniterThe standing desk by Varidesk is made with the aspiration to change the way you work.  Its convenient two-tier design gives you an upper display surface for your monitor, as well as a lower shelf to house your keyboard and mouse.

standing desk in cubicle in standing positionThe truly remarkable part, however, is the desk’s versatility in terms of height adjustments.  Varidesk’s patented spring-assisted lift mechanism allows you to raise and lower it in seconds with practically no effort at all.

The fact that you can change from a seated to standing position and vice versa with the least strain and inconvenience possible is an extremely important feature in a standing desk because it means you will actually use it for its intended purpose.

standing desk in cubicle in sitting positionFurthermore, height adjustment is a virtually silent process, so you don’t need to worry about bothering co-workers by adjusting too much.

A great thing about this standing desk is that it arrives fully assembled and ready to use.  Just take it out of the box and place it on top of your current desk and you’re good to go.

The weighted base measures 24 x 24 inches.  While this is easily small enough to fit snugly on most cubicle desks, it is a good idea to measure your workspace prior to purchase, just to be on the safe side.  The desk is extremely sturdy, even when fully extended and safely holds up to 35 pounds.

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