A desk that helps with active working sounds like a paradox but that is what the Yo-Yo Desk® allows you to do. It is an innovative intervention that allows for a half-way solution between having to use a desk for long hours and helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I have spent two weeks reviewing a Yo-Yo Desk® MINI which was supplied by Sit-Stand.Com® and am delighted with the lifestyle changes that it has enabled me to make. Much of what I do involves sitting at a desk. I am studying for a postgraduate qualification, I blog and I have a day job. For most of the working week I am sitting at desks for hours at a time and, often, late into the night. Much as I enjoy blogging, studying and working I need to stay active because I suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome and am diabetic.
It is imperative for me to keep active which is why I was delighted to review the Yo-Yo Desk® MINI . Quite simply, the Yo-Yo Desk® is a ‘standing’ desk riser that sits on top of your workspace, with the ability to simply adjust its height so you can work sitting or standing. It is easy to set up and needs to be placed on a strong sturdy surface to be used at standing height. There are various settings for the user to get it to a height that is suited to them.
Do be aware that this is not a portable standing desk product. It is perfect if you have a home office or dedicated workspace, but is not the standing desk for you if you need to be moving it from place to place. The Sit-Stand.Com® website gives full details of weight and dimensions of the Yo-Yo Desk®, which comes in a variety of sizes to suit all needs.
The health benefits to using the Yo-Yo Desk® are numerous. I have felt more inclined to stretch my back every hour or so and have less niggles and discomfort. I realise that standing for a long time will not suit people who suffer from serious back problems. Standing time will have to be adjusted accordingly in these circumstances.
When you work from a standing position, it is advised to use an active standing product such as the Yo-Yo Mat®. It’s a supportive anti-fatigue mat that encourages incremental movements when you are standing, reduces fatigue on your joints and the aching feet you can suffer from standing on a hard surface. Experts recommend it.
Sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome move their legs frequently to stay comfortable. It is an affliction that can strike at any time and mostly at night. Over the years I have often wished for a standing desk of some sort that would enable me to keep working while doing ridiculous things like jumping up and down or kicking my legs around. When these restless moments strike at 2am, or whatever hour of the early morning, the tension between having to be quiet so as not to disturb the whole household and having to be active is hard to say the least. Instead, I have been able to confine myself to one room in my home, lights switched on with legs moving while still working on my computer to keep my mind occupied.
My fitness level has gone up too since working at my standing desk which helps with managing Diabetes Type 2. Previously, I would get so tired at the end of the day that I was more likely to forego getting on my exercise bike. Standing, somehow, has made me more inclined to exercise. Perhaps I was far too lazy to get off the chair and exercise whereas the laterality from standing to exercising seems far less of an effort. A placebo effect perhaps but it works.
My Yo-Yo Desk® MINI is large enough to accommodate many books and my IT gadgets such as Tablet and phones. There is more than enough space for a laptop and writing material to be used at the same time. There is a tray upon which you can place a keyboard too. The mini desk comes in two colours – Black and White and in three sizes. I have a Black one which suits the décor of my home.
I would recommend a Yo-Yo Desk® as a way of combating long hours spent sitting whether this is at the office, at home or, as in my case, in both scenarios. It is affordably priced at just over £200 and can be directly purchased from Sit-Stand.com.