The Science behind Standing Desks & Chairs | Focal Upright 

The Science

What is sitting all day doing to your body? Watch to learn.

Symptoms of sitting disease

Sitting Disease

Sitting Disease, a term coined by medical researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Lab, is all over the news. It describes the sedentary lifestyle common today – so common that, if sitting were a sport, many of us would be ready for the Olympics. Think about it: we sit on our way to work. We sit on our office chairs from 9-5. We sit on our couches and Netflix binge until we fall asleep…

But the one place that we do more sitting than ever is – you guessed it – the office. The average knowledge worker spends more than 9.3 hours a day sitting down. That is some serious sitting, and it is causing some serious problems (just look left).

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the widely accepted fix, the “ergonomic” office chair, needs serious help. No matter how many advanced ergonomic features your office chair may boast – lumbar support, upper back support, adjustable armrests, and seat tilts – the problem is that the chair still requires you to sit. The human skeletal frame evolved to support the body in motion; it was never designed to have the back and thighs locked into a 90 degree angle all day. It’s no wonder, then, that so many office workers suffer from sitting disease.

In 2013, the American Medical Association went on record
recognizing the potential risks of prolonged sitting.

“Prolonged sitting, particularly in work settings, can cause health problems, and encouraging work places to offer employees alternatives to sitting all day will help to create a healthier workforce.”

Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA board member


Why Focal Upright

Yoga balls. Hacked standing workstations. Treadmill desks. Disgruntled desk jockeys have tried all these quick fixes in an effort to beat the so-called “sitting disease” that our sedentary lives have produced. The problem? While these options are a step in the right direction, those “fixes” are not sustainable: you are either still sitting or standing all day.

Focal Upright’s products break the sit-stand dichotomy, giving people a third option that actually works with your body. The lean, as we like to call it, balances the active benefits of standing with the comfort of sitting.

The leaning posture encourages a hip to torso angle between 130 to 135 degrees. Researchers have determined that this posture puts the least amount of stress on your spine and its connecting muscles. In fact, when astronauts float in zero gravity, they naturally assume the same open-hip posture.

What’s more, Focal Upright’s products keep you moving and grooving, helping you kick that sedentary lifestyle back to the cubicle farm it came from.

4 Focal Health Benefits

Healthy posture benefit of standing desk

You Like to
Move It, Move It

Focal products promote healthy postural transitions (a.k.a. body movement) that stimulates your mind, body, and soul.


De-stress spine benefit of standing desk

We’ve Got Your Back

Focal products limit intervertebral disc compression as compared to standing, which can result in less back pain.

Reduce standing fatigue benefit of standing desk

Standing All Day is a Pain

Dynamic seating provides an alternative to standing all day, which we all know can get uncomfortable. How do you feel at 4 PM?

Engage your core benefit of standing desk

Get Enviable Abs of Steel

Ok, maybe not exactly, but Focal products do inspire constant micro-movements, keeping your core muscles engaged during use.


6 More Benefits of Working Upright

  1. You don’t have to rely on caffeine to make it through the day (no more caffeine jitters)
  2. You join the ranks of Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, and Virginia Woolf
  3. You play better with others (researchers say working upright reduces idea territoriality, who knew?)
  4. You’re more likely to jump up and dance – spontaneous office dance party, anyone?
  5. Desk yoga is way better – mountain pose is only the beginning
  6. You don’t have to listen to your co-worker Chad snore though another meeting

Boost your Ergonomics IQ

Check out this blog post from Focal Ergonomist, Josh Kerst.