Standing Workstations Healthy Alternative To Traditional Desks

By: Boris Ralston

With obesity in the U.S. becoming what some would consider an epidemic, many people are beginning to look at their lifestyles and re-evaluate what's causing them to put on the pounds. While most of the unwanted weight can be attributed to lack of exercise and healthy eating habits, it's no surprised that having a desk job-where you literally sit for eight hours a day-doesn't help. People who stand and move about during their work day burn more calories than those of us who sit in front of a computer or switchboard. But you don't have to give up your career to be thin. According to the November 2007 issue of Women's Health Magazine, stand-up desks burn one calorie more per minute than sitting. Although it might not sound like much that equates to 480 burned calories in a single eight hour workday. Considering you need to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of body fat, burning 480 additional calories a day means burning that one pound in eight days. It's not a substitute for portion-control and gym workouts by any means, but if you have the option to do so, why not stack the cards in your favor instead of against you? Switching to a standing workstation could be exactly what you need to help you keep weight off.

For less than $300, you can buy a Wall Mount, standing workstation from Versa Products, Inc. Their complete line of wall mount and sit-to-stand computer desks not only allow you to stand while you work, but also take up less space than a traditional desk. The work stations are completely customizable. You can add multiple monitors or writing platforms, choose the color, even adjust the height. They're perfect for households, doctor's offices, banks, schools, and other busy administrative work environments. Many of Versa's sit-to-stand options, like the popular Fusion Cart, is also mobile, so it can be pushed from room to room and the wheels can be locked in place to prevent movement when a stationary work center is needed.

For those of you not familiar with Versa, you should be. One of Los Angeles' fastest-growing furniture companies, they provide American-made, top of the line computer furniture for universities, businesses, medical institutions, and the military. Along with their fully customizable line of computer desks and office furniture, they also design furniture solutions for trade shows, mobile medical units, security hubs, and modified solutions to accommodate physically-challenged users. The company ships its products for free (important when purchasing a heavy and expensive-to-ship item like a desk) and offers a no-hassle lifetime warranty on every product it sells from keyboard trays to custom-made LAN racks.

With designs based on ergonomic principles, Versa also sells options for existing desks to make your sitting workspace more healthy and comfortable. Options like articulating keyboard trays and height-adjustable monitor arms can improve a computer workstation greatly, reducing fatigue, eye strain, and minimizing the risk of conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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