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."
Best for a Quick Fix
It may not be beautiful, but the sturdy steel- and-laminate Varidesk sits on top of your current workstation and lets you toggle between sitting and standing in just a couple of seconds. A spring-loaded mechanism, operated by squeezing handles on either side, raises and lowers the whole surface – and a separate app for your computer will remind you when it's time to get off your butt. [From $275; varidesk.com]