Is your work desk killing you. Sitting at this new type of work desk may add years to your life

Is your work desk killing you. Sitting at this new type of work desk may add years to your life

I came across this in the Huffington post. Studies are showing that those who site for a living have shorter lifespans. The Locus workstation by Focal is looking to change this and help people avoid “sitting disease”

Focal Locus Workstation Seeks To Prevent ‘Sitting Disease’

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Your desk is killing you. Sound dramatic? “Sitting Disease” is a real thing, and between commuting, sitting all day at work and then sitting at home, there are some very tangible, adverse effects on a person’s health. Enter the Locus workstation from Focal.

Just how bad is the problem? A study in 2008 by Vanderbilt University found that 55 percent of the average American’s waking time — or 7.7 hours per day — is spent in sedentary behaviors such as sitting. And people that sit more than 11 hours per day are 40 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a recent study by Archives of Internal Medicine. Sitting has also been shown to lead to a higher chance of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Entrepreneur Martin Keen, who founded KEEN Footwear, is attempting to thwart Sitting Disease with the Locus workstation from Focal, a new desk designed around avoiding the unhealthy stagnancy of sitting at a desk. The desk enables a posture somewhere between sitting and standing, one that is “designed to move with you, encourage active engagement, and allow your creative juices to flow,” according to the Focal website. A pivoting leg adjusts to support your natural balancing point, a means to keep your body and brain engaged while stimulating blood and oxygen flow.

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