Sedentary behavior -- including sitting too long -- can be hazardous to your health. According to research, inactivity increases chances of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and all-around mortality.
Unfortunately, many jobs require working at a desk for hours at a time. Enter the standing desk, an adjustable workspace that allows you the option of alternating between standing and sitting positions, thus reducing inactivity.
Sometimes called sit-stand or height-adjustable desks, standing-desk workstations can minimize inactivity, and even help you burn calories while checking items off your "to-do" list. There is also evidence that working standing up may lower blood sugar levels, decrease risk of heart disease, boost productivity and mood and even promote longevity.
CBS Essentials rounded up five standing desks that may help you reap the health benefits of working on your feet.
SHW electric standing desk
A budget-conscious option, SHW electric standing desk starts at just $189 for the 40-inch-wide model and increases to $289 for a 55-inch desk. Constructed of industrial steel, it includes a variety of features, such as two hanging hooks, a cable management organizer, four lockable wheels and a center drawer. Fully motorized, it lifts from 28 to 46 inches with four memory preset options.
Flexispot standing-desk converter
A standing desk converter is a great option for those who already own and like their traditional desk. The lightweight and portable design of this Flexispot standing desk converter makes it easily transportable from home to the office, while offering enough space for a large monitor, laptop, keyboard and mouse. Currently, the 30-inch version is $30 off on Amazon when you apply the coupon before checkout.
Flexispot Kana Pro bamboo standing desk
Available in rectangular and curved shapes, and five sizes to fit any space, the Flexispot Kana Pro is a feature-heavy standing desk with a lacquer-coated sustainable bamboo surface. The workspace offers a socket and two USB portals, holds up to 275 pounds and features a smart control panel for height adjustments (with presets and child lock security).
Floyd Home The Standing Desk
Floyd Home teamed with Fully, an ergonomically minded office-furniture brand, to engineer a programmable standing desk -- a piece inspired by Fully's Jarvis frame, but constructed out of Floyd's real birch ply table surface and powder-coated steel frame. Available in three colors, the Floyd standing desk adjusts in height from 25.6 to 51 inches. The desk itself weighs a whopping 110 pounds, but has a weight capacity of 350 pounds.
Uplift standing desk
For those on the hunt for a fully customizable, highly rated standing desk, check out the Uplift V2, a design-your-own-desk that enables you to select size, surface material, frame, grommet color, keypad style and even type of foot switch, in addition to a bunch of optional accessories, including under-desk hammocks, bamboo standing boards, under-desk organizers and LED lamps. Vertical height ranges from 52 to 79 inches, with rapid up-and-down movement and assembly that takes just seven minutes. Uplift also offers free space planning and design services to simplify the process. Amazon, meanwhile, offers pre-designed, well-equipped Uplift models in a variety of sizes and colors.
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