Is Sitting The New Smoking?

Has sitting become the new smoking? Research has now proved that sitting for long periods of time is associated with a range of health problems. Did you know that the average office worker spends nearly 30 hours sitting each week… and that doesn’t include the hours sitting on the commute to the office… or all the hours sitting on the sofa watching television. That’s a lot of sitting… leading to some worrying physiological effects.

I recently read an article on The New York Times website by Olivia Judson, a research fellow in biology at Imperial College London. Olivia describes how sitting for long periods causes your body to do things that are bad for you… and can actually lead to an early death! For example, Olivia describes how muscular inactivity slows down the breakdown of fats in the body because it leads to lower levels of enzymes such as lipoprotein lipase (only produced by leg muscles when actively flexing during standing). People who sit for long periods have a slower metabolism and more fat around their waist than those who stand regularly throughout the day.

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So it’s clear that standing is better than sitting – especially sitting for long periods at a desk. So how do you transition from sitting at a desk to standing at your desk?

The VARIDESK is an adjustable desk solution that allows users to work comfortably in either a seated or standing position. It’s ready to use, straight out of the box, requiring no assembly whatsoever (sorry Ikea!). The VARIDESK sits… or should that be stands… on your existing desk so you don’t need to get rid of a sentimental piece of furniture or worry about finding a new home for a large desk when you’re already short of space.

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The VARIDESK can easily be adjusted by a simply squeeze – no cranking here! So you can quickly shift from standing to sitting and the same VARIDESK can be used by people of different heights… would that be called Hot VARIDESKing?

The built-in keyboard deck also serves a counterbalance for the VARIDESK. The VARIDESK is designed to balance the weight in a safe way without the need for permanent attachment. You can reposition the VARIDESK at any time without scratching or damaging the existing work surface.

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The VARIDESK is available in black or white… blending in seamlessly with practically any interior design. It is also available in a range of models including our personal favourite – the VARIDESK Pro Plus 36 for those who use a double monitor when working.

The great thing about The VARIDESK is that it allows someone who is sedentary to effectively and safely start the integration of standing at work into their daily routine. Most experts recommend splitting your time between standing and sitting, because standing all day can lead to back, knee or foot problems. The easiest ways of accomplishing this is to use The VARIDESK to easily switch between sitting and standing. The VARIDESK also allows you to ease into it by standing for just a few hours a day at first while your body becomes used to the strain thus avoiding injury.

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Adjusting your position whilst working throughout the work day can also vastly improve your psychology as well as physiology. Using the VARIDESK can help you fight out of the mental block you found yourself in. This can help you get back your focus and improve your productivity. Standing at the VARIDESK has been shown to actually help you concentrate better at work.

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When you stand at the VARIDESK, your blood circulation increases which feeds more oxygen to your brain and this oxygen increases your energy levels, alertness and productivity. No need for coffee on tap when all you need to do is raise the VARIDESK and stand at your desk to switch back on, increase your focus and productivity. Allowing you to sit to stand in under 3 seconds. VARIDESK also has a free to use app which reminds you to stand throughout the day.

Using the VARIDESK will help you concentrate and increase your productivity at work, spending less time feeling tired and more time becoming active will also give you clear health benefits and people who use the VARIDESK can burn up to an additional 50 calories per hour.

The VARIDESK Pro Plus 36 costs £335 from

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