Sitting at a desk all day is lethal, increasing risks for everything from heart disease to strained disks. The stand-up desk seemed like the ideal solution, but it turns out that standing for a long time has its own issues (like fatigue and foot soreness). The best option?
A sit-stand combo. It encourages both postures by easily adjusting to the two different positions. "It can help ease back discomfort and give you more energy," says ergonomics expert Vivienne Fleischer. "Plus, you can burn more calories during the day by using one."
Biomorph Flexo Level3
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This curved desk is ergonomically designed so that papers and folders are always within arm's reach. When it's time to shift between sitting and standing positions, the dual surfaces – one for a keyboard and one for a monitor – operate independently, giving you almost unlimited combinations of the two. A more expensive, motorized version is also available. [From $2,355; biomorphdesk.com]