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Breaking news: sitting is not the new smoking… prolonged sitting is. Many journalists are keenly recommending Focal Upright as the antidote to the sitting disease epidemic. Check out some of our press coverage below to learn why.

Which standing desks are worth investing in?

Which standing desks are worth investing in?

By Maridel Reyes

By now, you’ve probably heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” And you probably know a smug cubicle dweller who won’t shut up about how great he feels after switching to a standing desk.

Cedric X. Bryant, the chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise, sums up sitting in one word: “Bad.” That’s because most of your body’s systems are negatively affected when you take a seat. “People develop lower-back issues from near-constant sitting,” he says, adding that it can wreak havoc on your posture. “They will gain body fat — the abdominal kind — which results in a greater insulin resistance. And that can lead to Type 2 diabetes.”

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I just found the perfect solution to standing desk fatigue at SXSW

I just found the perfect solution to standing desk fatigue at SXSW

By Jillian D’Onfro

I got a standing desk about 8 months ago after hearing countless stories and statistics about bad for you it is to sit down at a desk all day.
Since converting, I’ve fallen in love with my standing situation. I really do feel healthier and more productive now. But there is one major problem: When I do want to sit, there’s no comfortable way to do it.

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The Economics of Ergonomics

The Economics of Ergonomics

By Pimm Fox

Martin Keen, the Founder, Designer, and Chief Executive of Focal Upright Furniture, discusses the economics of ergonomics. Keen is on a mission to design and build upright leaning seats – and standing desks – to help people reduce lower back pain. He speaks with Pimm Fox on “Taking Stock.”

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An Office Chair That Promotes Better Posture

An Office Chair That Promotes Better Posture

By Tanya Rivero

Office workers have been warned about the dangers of sitting. Focal Upright Furniture CEO Martin Keen discusses how his chairs may improve posture and health.

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7 Best-Designed American-Made Products

7 Best-Designed American-Made Products

By John Peabody

This “perching” desk, made from 49 percent American-sourced components, is designed by Martin Keen, founder of Keen Footwear, and assembled in Rhode Island. The workstation focuses on a new type of ergonomic principle that encourages a body position Keen says is better than either standing or sitting.

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My Year at a Standing Desk and Why I’ll Never Go Back

My Year at a Standing Desk and Why I’ll Never Go Back

By Cia Bernales

It all started with a bet.

I came into the Fast Company office one April morning last year and crafted a makeshift platform for my laptop and secondary monitor from discarded Ikea side tables so I could try standing while I worked.

People were naturally curious when they saw my new setup and started to bet that I wouldn’t last at my new standing desk for more than three months. Trash-talking ensued and money and offers for dinner were promised.

It was on. I had to stay standing just to prove everyone wrong.

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10 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Brain While You Work

10 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Brain While You Work

By Geil Browning

Focal Upright Furniture has a brand-new chair-and-desk combination on the market. Invented by Martin Keen, of Keen shoes fame, it uses a position between sitting and standing, and allows lots of movement as you work. It also helps those who use it remain attentive.

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Kill Your Desk Chair—and Start Standing

Kill Your Desk Chair—and Start Standing

By Drake Bennett

Arise, office workers of the world! You have nothing to lose but your chairs. And even if they are of supple executive leather or high-tech Aeron mesh, those chairs are lethal. A raft of recent medical research has shown that the more time a person spends sitting every day, the more likely he or she is to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and, worst of all, an early death. One recent study, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., followed 17,000 Canadians over 12 years and found that those who sat for most of the day were 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks than those who didn’t. The findings have spawned a new diagnosis: “sitting disease.” And strikingly, even regular exercise and a healthy diet don’t protect you—sitting in a chair for eight hours after going to the gym and munching on tempeh is still sitting.

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Check Out The Latest Attempt To Reinvent The Office Chair And Put An End To ‘Sitting Disease’

Check Out The Latest Attempt To Reinvent The Office Chair And Put An End To ‘Sitting Disease’

Kim Bhasin

This is Focal, the upright furniture design that’s trying to reinvent the office chair and put an end to “sitting disease” — the chronic aches and back injuries you can suffer while toiling away in a cubicle on a normal office chair.

Here’s what it feels like, according to Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan at Fast Company: Sitting in it doesn’t quite feel like anything else: You’re definitely not standing, but you do get the sense that you’re moving around, at least a little bit. The combination encourages a “natural, neutral posture,” explains Keen. “There is a place between standing and sitting where our body wants to be.”

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Focal Locus Workstation Seeks To Prevent ‘Sitting Disease’

Focal Locus Workstation Seeks To Prevent ‘Sitting Disease’

By Drew Guarini

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.

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