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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Stand Up Desks are becoming very popular these days as people realize that sitting all day is not healthy for our backs and bodies. But electric lift desks can be expensive. There are alternative, crank desks, desktop risers, and more. One alternative is the Varidesk.

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Varidesk raises quickly!

Varidesk raises quickly!

Varidesk offers a variety of options, A standing desk, a desktop riser for laptops, standing desks for those with multiple monitors and foot pads that help reduce strain on your knees when you stand for long periods. One reason I like the Varidesk is that it is relatively affordable, easy to set  up (most models require no installation!) and most versions can sit on top of your existing desk.

Varidesk ProPlus can sit on top of your regular desk

Varidesk ProPlus can sit on top of your regular desk

For those of you with one monitor, prices for the Varidesk models range from $275-375.  For those with multiple monitors, prices range from $350-$650.

Varidesk Pro 54

Varidesk Pro 54″, a standalone version

Keep in mind, neither sitting all day nor standing all day is great for your back and body. Alternating between sitting, standing, stretching, walking (to restroom or short walks around the office) is optimal for your spine and overall health. I recommend that either program your phone or computer to cue you to change position (take a break sit if standing, stand if sitting) about every 30-45 minutes so that you don’t over tire your muscles and put too much wear and tear on any one body part. If I had my way, we’ve all have access to swimming pools/lakes near our workplaces so we could take short swimming breaks.  But it would have to rain a whole lot more in Chicago for that to happen any time soon!

Varidesk fits most office environments easily

Varidesk fits most office environments easily

In the meantime, if you are considering investing in your own stand up desk, and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, check out the Varidesk options here.

Note: Neither, I , Sue Shekut, nor Working Well Massage, has any financial interest or relationship with Varidesk.  (Other than I may become a customer.) I simply saw a Varidesk a ta client site and asked them where they bought it. I looked into the product and was impressed! And my clients seem to enjoy using them, which is the best endorsement.

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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Recently James Cannon contacted me to offer me a blog about office chairs. I get a lot of inquiries from advertisers to post links to their sites on this blog. I am cautious about sharing other bloggers posts when they mainly seems to be selling something.  James’ site, comfyofficechair.com is not advertising chairs, but is an attempt by James to help fellow office workers sit more comfortably. His blog is clean and easy to read and he does provide pass through links to great deals on office chairs via Amazon. James may or may not earn a few cents for promoting Amazon and chairs on Amazon, but overall his info seems sound and in line with what I know about office chair ergonomics.

James and I agree that even with the most ergonomic office chairs, it is best if you get up frequently and take breaks from sitting.

Who is James Cannon and Why is He Writing About Office Chairs?

James Cannon of Comfyofficechairs.com

James Cannon

According to his blog, James’  story starts with horrendous low-mid back pain. He had an expensive $200 chair that he THOUGHT was good when he purchased it, but it gave him absolutely no support. James educated myself, bought a new chair and immediately sold the old one on Craigslist for $50. He doesn’t want the same to happen to others, so he created his site, comfyofficechairs.com

 

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