Dubbed by some experts as “the new smoking”, scientists now believe that sitting for long periods in a day can significantly increase your risk of cancer.
According to a new study by the University of Regensburg in Germany, high levels of sedentary behaviour can significantly raise the risk for colon, endometrial and lung cancer compared to the lowest levels of sedentary behaviour.
While we all understand that sitting can be harmful to our health, often our long working hours at a desk job hinder our ability to exercise. The Stirworks Kinetic Desk is a potential solution to this problem.
What is Stir Kinetic Desk?
Released in September 2013, the Stir Kinetic Desk, is a ‘Smart’ desk that rotates users between standing and sitting, in order to keep them active.
A simple double tap to the desk makes it move up or down to a pre-designated position, while the desk’s ‘Active’ and ‘Whisperbreath’ functions gently move the desk up and down one inch to continually encourage the user to change their seating position.
In addition, the Stir Kinetic Desk is fully customisable and adapts to your patterns and preferences. For example, you may prefer sitting first thing in the morning, then to stand after returning from morning tea. The desk monitors your movements and will then tailor your standing/sitting routine accordingly.
Stir Kinetic Desk teams up with Fitbit
Earlier last month, the founder of Stirworks, JP Labrosse, released a statement announcing the partnership between the Stir Kinetic Desk and the Fitbit exercise software.
“Market-leader Fitbit has been a pioneer in enabling users to quantify their health, with a diverse product family that helps people reach their fitness goals by motivating them to move more, and this integration has been part of our roadmap since day one,” said Labrosse, a former employee of Apple and part of the team behind the original iPod.
According to Labrosse, the Kinetic Desk was developed after research showed that switching between sitting and standing can generate an extra fifty minutes of productivity each day.
“Our goal is to increase movement, productivity, health, and inspiration at work by leveraging cutting-edge health tracking software and devices,” said Labrosse.
Designed to give users the sense that they are taking a quick walk, or stretching their muscles whilst remaining at their desk, using the Kinetic Desk for half a day is estimated to be the equivalent of doing a 3k run. The use of the Fitbit integration now allows users to track their time at the desk as well as the calories burned.
Kinetic Desk Specs:
The desk is now fully compatible with Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, sending data from the desk to the users Fitbit dashboard using the built in Wi-Fi connectivity. In the future, the developers plan to create desk integration with other home automation devices, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. The desk currently sells at $3890USD and is only available in the United States.