Remember back when we reviewed a treadmill desk? Well, if not, spoiler: I loved the idea. Getting more activity while you work is brilliant. However, investing in a treadmill and having possibly two desks to work from — because, you probably don’t want to walk on it all day every day — is a bit, eh, unrealistic for most of us. And while we have reviewed a standing desk before, it had that hiccup of also being a bit cumbersome and rigid. So when we heard about the VARIDESK, we were ready to try it. It’s adjustable. Meaning, that you can easily plop it on your current desk (no new desk!), and raise it up or down. So whether you want to stand or sit, it’s there for you. Brilliant!
I’ve been using the VARIDESK they sent us in the mail for the last couple of months, and I really, really like it. I’m not sure why, but I somehow feel more professional when I’m writing and working. Almost like standing gives me an authority and power that I don’t normally have. Like, yo, check it: I’m writing — and I’m standing. At the same time. (Then, usually, I feel the urge to play/sing this song.) It’s weird, I know, but it’s also true.
Giddy on my new standing-working power, I spent the first week on my feet almost all day, every day. And, um, ouch. My used-to-sitting body was not down for that, and my legs by the end of the day were pretty achy and tired. So, I had to re-adjust my standing schedule to intervals of an hour or two up, followed by a 30-minute rest on the keister. It worked well, making me feel both important and my legs happy and ready to do lunges the next day. Hooray for moderation!
And, really, now that I’ve found my happy standing-sitting ratio (I recommend you ease into it, unlike I did), I can’t imagine going back to just sitting all day. There’s so much research on how much better for you it is than sitting, and honestly, I feel more alert and productive when I’m standing. Whenever my energy dips or I get a little sleepy, like at 3 p.m., a little bit of standing work usually perks me up. It’s pretty awesome.
The only not-so-awesome thing about the desk is that, although it easily moves up and down (so smoothly, too!), when you lower it all the way down, it’s still a good couple of inches higher than your normal desk. So the screen is a bit higher, causing you to look slightly up, and if you don’t have a lower drawer for your keyboard, that’s a touch higher up, too, placing your wrists at a possibly uncomfortable angle. Thankfully, I have a keyboard drawer built into my normal desk (and a wireless keyboard and mouse so moving it around isn’t a pain in the rear — and there are fewer cords to have to maneuver), so that part’s not an issue, but the higher screen does bother me a touch. (On the flip side, it makes me want to stand up again, which is a good thing.) Priced at $275 to $300 the VARIDESK is an investment, but it’s one that’s totally worth it for the health benefits you’re getting, methinks.
Have you ever worked standing up? Created your own standing desk? Have a VARIDESK of your own? Let us know! —Jenn