Everyone needs a desk with paddle shifters, like the Varidesk Pro Plus 30. In this case, those paddles activate the Varidesk patented, spring-assisted lift mechanism. Going from sitting to standing and back again is as easy as depressing the paddles and lifting the desk. The two-tiered set-up keeps your screen in a great position (when sitting or standing) and makes for a great elbow rest when your core muscles get tired of holding up your big head.As mentioned earlier, raising the desk is simple, but the motion is a bit strange because the screen moves up and towards you.

I stand at 173 cm in my socks and operated at the maximum setting. The desks in the PM office are, however, among the lowest I have ever worked on. The Varidesk Pro Plus 30 is a fantastic product that’s simple to use and absolutely life-changing. How did it change my life? Besides fielding countless questions and having to demonstrate the lifting action to numerous colleagues, I did notice a positive improvement in my energy levels. My productivity didn’t improve much, admittedly, but I did manage to type out a few stories and it wasn’t as terrible as I thought.

This is the type of product that’ll make you feel better about yourself and makes the lifestyle transition laughably easy. You can build your own, but convenience demands a premium. If you are able to switch to a standing desk, aim for four hours per day for maximum health benefits. Start slow though (ten minutes per hour) and build to 30 minutes per hour. You’ll thank me later.

Varidesk Pro Plus 30

Just the facts:
Footprint: 76 x 60 cm
Maximum height: 45 cm
Load capacity: 15 kg
R7 400, ergotherapy.co.za

Test notes:
Here are a few results science has found when testing the effects of a standing desk:
– Heart rate increase of eight beats per minute on average.
– Reduction in LDL cholesterol levels and total cholesterol levels.
– Standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced blood sugar spike by 43 per cent.
– Standing for 30 minutes per hour reduced blood sugar spikes by 11,1 per cent on average.
– One study found a 32 per cent reduction in back pain.

This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.