Have you heard the latest bad news? Sitting is the new smoking.
According to one study, every workday you spend sitting costs you 2.5 hours off your lifespan. Sit six hours a day, and you’ll die 4.8 years sooner. It’s true even if you exercise regularly; this article explains why.
Sitting also makes you fat, reduces bone density, contributes to heart disease, and makes you less productive. Great.
These statistics are heaven-sent for the makers of standing desks — tall desks where you work standing — and sit/stand desks, which move up and down so you can split your time between sitting and standing. That’s supposed to be the healthiest arrangement of all.
Unfortunately, first-generation hand-cranked sit/stand desks are the modern equivalent of treadmills: health equipment you buy with the best of intentions but wind up not using (except to drape clothing on).
Ironically, the lazy person’s powered sit/stand desk, which goes up and down at the touch of a button, is much more likely to be used and therefore to yield better health results.
The Stir Kinetic Desk
Enter the Stir Kinetic Desk, the brainchild of JP Labrosse, a former Apple designer (he worked on the iPod Shuffle, among other projects). This baby fits right in with the Tesla sports car, Nest thermostat, and MacBook Air in a special circle of exquisitely designed, ultra-high-tech everyday goods that come at nosebleed prices. In the desk’s case, that’s $3,890 — plus a ridiculous $500 fee for delivery and “white-glove” setup (two people unpack, assemble, and set up the desk wherever you like).
The Stir Kinetic Desk. (Yahoo Tech)
Now, when this desk was first announced, the blogger reaction was swift and scathing. “For $4,000, you can buy 10 standing desks and 10 sitting desks of equal quality,” sniped one commenter. “For $4,000, it should also be able to provide me with natural sunlight and fresh air so I don’t have to go outside,” snarked another. “Who’d pay 4K for a desk? I went to Home Depot and bought a board and two filing cabinets for $30, and I’m fine.”
The Stir is, however, a bit more sophisticated than a board.
First, it doesn’t just go up and down (although it does that very well, smoothly and quietly, from 25 to 51 inches). It also has smarts: WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 4.3-inch color touchscreen in the corner.
You use this screen to store your preferred heights for sitting and standing. Just use the slider to make the desk move up and down, and then tap Set.
You also specify what percent of the time you want to spend standing (the company recommends 30 percent at the outset), and how long you can stand to stand at a time (for example, 20 minutes). The software tracks your progress and goals.