Health & Performance Benefits

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

Symptoms of sitting disease

Diagnosis: Sitting Disease

If sitting was a sport, most of us would be ready for the Olympics. Think about it: we sit on our way to work. We sit in our office chairs from 9-5. We sit on our couches and Netflix binge until we fall into a deep slumber…

The one place that we do more sitting than anywhere else 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 our fix, the “ergonomic” office chair, is not working. 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 it 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 at the hips all day. It’s no wonder, then, that so many office workers suffer from sitting disease.

In 2013, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting.

Benefits of standing desks

Prescription: Focal Upright

Medicine balls. Hacked standing desks. Even treadmill desks. Disgruntled desk jockeys have tried all these quick fixes in an effort to beat sitting disease. Here’s the problem: these solutions are not sustainable.

Focal Upright’s products break the sit-stand dichotomy giving people a third 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 outer space, they naturally assume the same open-hip posture. (NASA says our seats are out of this world.)

What’s more, Focal Upright’s products keep you moving and grooving so you get all of the benefits of non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) — boosted energy, improved circulation, and enhanced core engagement to name a few.

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 sitting and standing, which can result in less back pain.

Reduce standing fatigue benefit of standing desk

Zap Your Standing Desk Fatigue

Focal products eases the stress on the body, so you are able to work upright all day without the aches and pains. Bam. Pow.

Engage your core benefit of standing desk

Get Enviable Abs of Steel

Perhaps not quite steel, but Focal products do inspire constant micromovements, keeping your core muscles engaged during use.


What makes Focal Upright different? Let us count the ways.

  1. Posture: Our products promote a third posture: not sitting, not standing, but a healthy in-between lean that actually works for your body. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the office. Sitting is too sedentary. Standing is too uncomfortable. Leaning is just right.
  2. Movement: Sitting down all day zaps the energy from your body and the creativity from your brain. Focal Upright products keep you moving and grooving, so you can stay physically and mentally engaged all day long.
  3. Design: Our products have a bold design that gets people talking. All Focal products have a stripped-down, modern aesthetic that balances functionality and fun. Your coworkers will be instantly jealous of your new set-up. Trust us.
  4. Attitude: Let’s face it… most office furniture is pretty tame. But Focal Upright isn’t most office furniture. Our products are packed with personality and designed to inject playfulness into any space.
  5. We could keep counting, but you get the point.

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