Whether you think they’re a passing fad or will revolutionise the way we work, the standing desk trend looks like it’s here to stay.
Already being used by magazine editors, fashion designers (including Victoria Beckham) as well as almost 90% of office workers in Scandinavia (declared the 'happiest' part of the world by the UN), the desks allow those usually sat at computers to counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
So why the hype? According to doctors, standing up while working heavily reduces your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
The average British employee gains 14lbs within their first year of being in an office, and considering that covers 65-75% of UK workers, this means the stand-up desk can have a positive effect on much of the population. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, Varidesk have some of the best on the market.
Yes, at around £350 they’re not cheap, but with Public Health England recommending employees spend at least two hours on their feet at work every day (those who sit are more than twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and heart disease), then it’s well worth the investment.
Say hello to the future of office working…