Working At This Desk Burns Calories

Andrew Lampard
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Working At This Desk Burns Calories

Is sitting at a desk for extended periods of time deadly? Several medical studies say “yes.”

From obesity, heart disease and back problems, we face serious health risks by sitting for most of our work day. According to a longitudinal study by the American Cancer Society that tracked 123,000 Americans, men who sit for more than 6 hours a day face a 20 percent higher death rate than men who sit for 3 hours or less. The difference among women was worse: 40 percent.

That study helps explain the appeal of height-adjustable desks: standing while working is productive and also burns calories. The only real downside is having to remove and put back all of your desk items -- monitors, keyboard, paper stacks -- whenever you want to raise your desk. But what if your desk could raise itself automatically without you having to go through any trouble?

Check out the Stir Kinetic Desk, a desk I fell in love with at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Not only does it sense and alert you when you’ve been sitting too long, a silent motor raises the desk with a tap on its touch screen.

It also has built-in electrical outlets so you don’t have to worry about your lamp or monitor falling off the desk when it rises.

Designed by JP Labrosse, a former Apple engineer who worked on the original iPod, the Stir is no featherweight; it supports 200 pounds. Best part: it tracks how many calories you burn just by standing at the desk. Is all that worth $3,890, the Stir’s starting price? It may be for companies who want employees to love their desk work (and possibly live longer).

To see more of the desk’s features in action, watch the video above this article.