Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Stand to!

Like anyone who works from home I spend a good deal of the day sitting down. No, not watching daytime telly... doing this:

In fact, most days (between the school run) I keep office hours at my desk doing what I do, which is basically this - putting words down, one after the other and creating books and blog posts. It keeps me out of mischief.

But it's also a pain in the neck. Or the back. Or both. And sitting (so the experts say) is bad for you anyway. We're always being told to get up and walk around. Which is tricky when you're in the middle of writing 90,000 words on the post-WW1 battlefield clearances. Or even 900 words on Britain's Brexit battles.

So, what if you could stand up at your desk and still work?

Well, you can with the Varidesk Pro Plus 36!

It's basically a desk - or rather, an addition to your desk - that allows you to both sit AND stand to work. (Just not at the same time!)

The Pro Plus 36 is basically a spring loaded adjustable platform that sits on top of your desk. No assembly or installation is required and there's no need to move heavy furniture - although the Pro Plus itself is fairly hefty.

But then it has to be. With 11 different height settings and a perfectly stable, strong and level work surface it's nothing if not durable. It's also very easy to use. Just squeeze the handles at the side of the desk and gently lift - the spring mechanism does the hard work for you - and stop at your desired height. It could not be simpler.

Research shows that standing at desks for three hours a day, five days a week could burn an extra 30,000 calories a year. That's the equivalent of running 10 marathons! Not that I'm about to run even one marathon.

I'll settle instead for the benefits of being able to work - comfortably, efficiently and (it has to be said) stylishly (that's the Varidesk btw, not me!) - whilst giving my back some much needed relief. The other health benefits (of which there appear to be many, including weight loss) are a bonus. As The Guardian put it recently, 'sitting is the new smoking.'

Which makes the Varidesk Pro Plus the perfect solution, turning any desk into a standing desk in a matter of minutes. And you can't lose because if you’re not happy then they'll take it back for free provided you call them within 30 days.

The Pro Plus 36 is available to buy online from Varidesk for £365, select a colour of black or white.

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