Five years in development, the “dynamic work station” caters to “high-intensity computer users."
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Altwork, a Sonoma Valley, Calif.-based startup has developed what it is calling “a dynamic work station” that caters to “high-intensity computer users.” The Altwork Station, priced at $5,900, is a completely adjustable workstation that allows the users to work in several positions, including traditional sitting, standing, and even reclining.
The Altwork Station was five years in the development at a cost of $1 million in so-called “angel investment” and founder funding, according to the company’s website. The 21st century work station will be available in 2016.
This next generation of workstations follows evolving research into the health risks of a sedentary workday. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this year linked prolonged periods of sitting with increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death, even for those who have a regular exercise regimen.
This has led to a next-generation of standing (and even exercise) work desks. But recent studies are suggesting that standing stationary at one’s desk may be no better than sitting. A study published online last month in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that standing or sitting, it’s being still that can have a negative impact on health. For example, standing too much, research has found, can compress the spine and lead to lower back problems over time. It can also boost the risk for carotid arteries, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and other cardiovascular problems since the heart has to work against gravity to keep blood flowing up from your toes, U.S. News & World Report reports.
In the study published in October, London-based researchers monitored the behavior and health of 3,720 men and 1,412 women over the course of 16 years, and recorded how many hours a week they spent sitting. They tallied the hours and based on the National Health Service Central Registry, determined that 450 participants had died. The researchers found no correlation between the times spent sitting and mortality.
"Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing,” Dr. Melvyn Hillsdon, associate professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in England and a co-author of the study, said in a written statement.
It is recommended that employees alternate sitting and standing frequently throughout the day.
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