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What It’s Like to Use a Standing Desk – The Before

Varidesk Pro

What started as a tweet referencing a conversation with coworkers, resulted in a standing desk being set up on my desktop at work last Friday. The generous team at Varidesk saw my tweet and sent me a Varidesk Pro to put to the test. Let’s just say that my team was a bit jealous.

When I received the large box, I realized that I hadn’t anticipated how difficult the setup might be. But I was wrong. I lifted the desk out of the box (with help) and set it directly on my desktop. Done. My favorite feature of the Varidesk Pro is that it easily transitions from a sitting to a standing desk, which also means that it fits anyone’s height. I was impressed at how it accommodated my complicated desk setup–a laptop, docking station, two additional monitors, and a keyboard. It fits everything and leaves additional room for a few desktop decorations. Finally, there’s a free downloadable companion app for sit/stand alerts and calorie-burn counter. I’m excited to play around with that.

My plan is to use the desk for a month, then report back to let you know how the experience goes. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’ve considered getting a standing desk but aren’t sure they’d like it. If you’re one of those people, check back in a month to see what I think.

With a standing desk, I predict that more of the following will happen:

  1. Receiving more Fuel points on my Nike FuelBand. (See #4)
  2. Wearing flats to work. Standing all day in heels doesn’t sound fun.
  3. Interacting more often with coworkers and staying more alert.
  4. Moving my feet to any song that’s playing through my headphones.
  5. Decreasing my risk of the following unhealthy habits and conditions:

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  • Reply Carla Johnson

    I got my VARIDesk Pro last Friday, had work people and IT set it up for me and have pretty much been standing ever since. I need a wireless keyboard to make the transition from standing to sitting easier, which is why I’m set up to stand, and find it great to do most of the time. I LOVE IT! I also love the software that comes with it and have three full days of calculating calories from standing – average 500+ per day so far. Having room for two monitors and the flat desktop are a couple of features that make VARIDesk such a hit with me. I’m not very tall (5’2″), so the ability to adjust to my height is perfect. Hope it works well for you. I’ll be interested to read your reports during the month.

    October 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm
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