I am sure you’ve heard …
Sitting is the new smoking
and even harsher phrases like “Sitting is Slowly Killing You” are often seen in media headlines. Just google “Sitting is the new smoking” and tens of thousands of articles will come up.
These headlines might be catchy, but there is also some truth behind the message.
Recent research indicates that sitting all day can cause many things to go wrong:
- Strained Neck
- Back Pain
- Muscle Degeneration
- Heart Disease
- And even cancer!
Here is a great article from the Washington Post that goes into more detail on the above and offers solutions for those of us that have to spend most of our day sitting.
Here is a little personal story about how excessive sitting has impacted my health. All through college and graduate school I worked as a nanny and as a server in a very busy restaurant. I was constantly moving. Especially in the restaurant, I was never sitting. Guess what I ate? Junk! So much junk. Tons of fried food and gluten. Surprisingly, I mostly felt okay. I didn’t feel like a super human like I did when I went, Paleo, but I felt okay, I had no complaints. And I had zero neck and back pain issues.
Fast forward a few years. I graduated from school, I got a “real” job. One that required that I was at the office every day for 8+ hours, sitting at a desk. In addition, I was commuting close to 3 hours a day. For years, I was basically sitting for 12 hours a day. It’s pretty insane, right? It’s definitely not how humans are intended to use our bodies day in and day out. Sadly, I am not alone in this lifestyle. The average US adult spends 8 hours a day sitting.
After a few months at my first corporate job, I found myself in and out of chiropractor’s offices constantly. I had never once been to a chiropractor before this. These visits would help with pain management, but they didn’t solve the problem. Now 7 years later, I am still dealing with back pain issues. I truly believe the back pain is a result of the amount of time I spent sitting, especially after spending the 6 years prior to that moving all day, everyday.
Now, that I work from home, I am not that much better. I often find myself working at the dining room table or even worse on the couch! I do get up and move around more than I did in my corporate jobs, but still not enough.
I have now been using the Locus Workstation for 3 weeks now. I work at this desk anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a day. Week after week, my back pain is lessening. Some days it’s even been non-existent! As someone that works full-time from home, I am thrilled to have this ergonomic workstation to help me have proper posture all day.
How does the Locus Workstation Work?
All aspects are adjustable – the angle on the tabletop, the height of the table, the height of the stool. You can make it comfortable for your body. It’s very simple to adjust, so multiple people in the same house can easily use it.
We tend to get fatigued after standing for a couple of hours, then you can use the stool. You are never really sitting with the stool. You are in a more of a leaning position. It allows your core and legs to be engaged, while your neck and back are in a neutral position. It also allows you an opportunity to use different muscles than when you are standing.
One last reason that I love Focal Upright as a company is that whenever possible, they source components domestically. All products are designed and assembled in their Rhode Island headquarters. They continually review their vendors with the goal of sourcing as much as possible domestically.
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This looks awesome! (Do you always look so cute whilst working Arsy? 😉 )
Arsy Vartanian says
Kate – LOL! No! I usually look like a complete mess. 😉
Heather Gaillot says
These are great! The Locus Pro Bundle would be fantastic. My husband’s job is moving him home early next year and we’ve been looking at a standing desk for him but they are so pricey! Thanks!
Any of the locus workstations would be awesome, especially if they really do help with back pain. That is amazing.
Shared the post. Would love to win this for a special guy that is opening a Crossfit gym!
The work station you have looks perfect!
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
i love the locus desk!! i spend so much time studying every day that this would be amazing!!!
I really like the locus sphere desk and seat! I would love that as I work from home a lot. Being in the IT industry, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
The locus desk is definitely my favorite. Would love to replace my ramshackle standing workstation composed of a regular ikea desk and some old computer boxes!
The desk is definitely my favorite. Would love to replace my ramshackle standing workstation composed of a regular Ikea desk and some old computer boxes!
The locus desk looks awesome. I am a teacher AND in grad school so I spend way too much time sitting. This would be awesome for my health and productivity!
The standing desk looks amazing! I would love to have one of these!
Sarah Al-Khayyal says
This would make doing schoolwork at home SO much easier! I’ve been dying for a good standing desk and this is even better!
Omg this looks so awesome! I saw it and thought to myself…my husband needs that!! My favorite is this one: http://store.focaluprightfurniture.com/sphere-cc-bundle.html
Megan M says
Wow! Focal Upright Furniture has some great items. The Locus bundle pro looks pretty awesome. Thank you!
I have an office job & I’m always liking for ways to keep from sitting all day. This focal workstation would look so much nicer than the boxes & books I used to create my own standing desk.
I’m always standing and would love to win this! Will also share via social media. What a great giveaway! 🙂
Oh man! I would love to give this a try! I switch between the bed, couch, dining table, yoga ball, and my desk that I have transformed into a standing desk. I am unable to complete my full day of work at any one place without something hurting. Maybe this is the thing that will work for me! I am so intrigued.
I sit at a desk all day, and have no energy left at the end of the day for exercise. This concept is intriguing
Heidi McCrary says
My husband needs this!! His back is constantly bothering him as he drives many hours of his work day and sits at his desk the other hours 🙁
Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway! How gorgeous are you at that desk?!
Black walnut and Matte black Locus bundle. ☺️
Roxana S. says
The mogo with cushion
Payal Thomas says
I just started working from home a few months ago and have been looking for a standing desk. I spend way too much time sitting at my dining room table working then I’d like to admit. This would be great.
The locus sphere looks amazing!
After 15 years sitting at a desk I have major neck, shoulder & back pain. I would love to try this!
Catherine Griffice says
The LOCUS SEAT would be my choice….
Chloe @ How We Flourish says
I seriously need this. I don’t have any way of setting up a good standing desk right now. This style looks perfect for what I’m looking for. I love that there is a stool if you need a bit of a break.
What an incredible giveaway! I spend so much time sitting doing school work, this would help so much! I’ve been looking at getting a standing desk for a while now and I will be checking these guys out. Thanks for the review 🙂
Awesome! I love the bundle you are using, but the sphere work center looks great too!
I LOVE the Locus Bundle. It seems like you could also put a treadmill under the desk at times for a walking desk option. So ergonomically correct. The lunch table would be awesome for schools!
I sit ALL day at work and need this! xo
Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic! I would LOVE to be a good example for my employees (I’m in HR)! Fingers crossed 🙂
Judi Silva says
The Lotus Bundle would be great for me. I have so many issues with my spine that it makes standing and or sitting for extended amounts of time very difficult and painful. This is a fantastic Giveaway!
Tiffany Su says
I currently am using a DIY desk made from Ikea parts and a bar stool for when I want to sit down. The Locus Bundle Pro would be an AMAZING upgrade! And I love the seat!
Shelley Alexander says
Arsy, What a wonderful review and giveaway! Focal Upright has some unique furniture. I would love to get the Locus workstation since I spend a lot of time at my computer. Thanks for sharing and having this giveaway!
Angela R says
I’d love to try the Locus Seat.
Marsha A says
This would stop me from leaning since there are no arm rests. Maybe my elbows will stop hurting!
I would love to have the sphere desk to help with my chronic back pain and desk job.
Annie J says
LUV that desk!!!
katie greenlaw says
The Locus Workstation looks amazing.
I love the look of the workstation you are using. I am in an administrative job and hate how much sitting it entails. Would love to get one of these.
Teresa Grodi says
I like the LOCUS BUNDLE PRO best because it would best suite my husband’s work at home office!
I’d love the workstation but my budget say the Mogo w/cushion. Hope I win as its an awesome giveaway
Great desk, my Husband does a lot of his work from home and knows that he sits way too much of the day so needs something like this. I plan on trying to work from home next year too – so we may have to get his and hers. 🙂
The Locus Pro Bundle looks like an amaxing ‘work station’
Forgot to mention my favorite – the locus sphere with the extra work space looks awesome. Also the anti fatigue mat.
Love the concept. I suffer from lower back issues and have found that standing without support really messes up my lower back. I’m OK if moving or standing with support. Traditional office desks are the worst.
The Locus Sphere is so awesome!
Ruth Gorme says
I think the Locus Sphere bundle looks awesome, but I also like the Confluence Collaboration Bundle!
Holly D says
You look so comfortable! I like the Spherical Bundle.
I love the locus desk. I’ve wanted a standing desk for a while, they are just out of a student’s budget.
I stand at my desk most of the time, but it still does nothing for my neck and shoulders. Would love to use the Lotus.
Jessica E. says
really cool — thanks for sharing! I did not know there were optional “seats” until seeing this product and their website. I also like how little space the locus desks seem to take up!
I love the Locus Sphere especially the bundle.
The locust pro is my favorite! I’ve been working from home for 4 years, and I do worry about the long term effects of sitting at a desk all day. I would LOVE to have a standing/treadmill desk but they are so expensive.
The Locus Bundle would be perfect for me since I have chronic back problems. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!
The LOCUS BUNDLE PRO in BLACK WALNUT is so beautiful! This would be a wonderful addition to our new home office.
I like the LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE for the curved extended sides.
The one you show or the Locus Bundle Pro are fantastic!
I would love to win this for my daughter.
I’ve been talking about wanting a standing desk for so long! Over the last year I’ve transitioned to working a lot more at the computer than I used to, and the constant sitting drives me crazy. I would love to try this!
The leaning stool is a brilliant idea — nice to stay upright but rest the legs occasionally, too.
LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE
I would love to have the full standing desk, of course, but the Mogo looks useful and affordable.
Evalyn C says
I’d love that Locus Bundle. Perfect desk!
Would love to win this desk. My husband switched to a stand up at work and it has made all the difference in the world.
Maria M says
This is awesome! Love the Locus Bundle Pro on the website!
I love the mobis chairs!
Thanks for the giveaway!
I like the MOGO CUSHION
I really like the mobis. Even when I do want to sit down, it always feels as if the chair is going to swallow me whole.
sharon meagher says
looks way more comfortable than what i am sitting on. better for the posture too.
I like this desk, I hope I win!
I have been DREAMING of a standing desk from Focal Upright forever! Thank you so much for the chance to win this giveaway! My back and neck appreciate it.
Marie Tieck says
I am fortunate to have a sit-to-stand desk at work, which helps so much. I’d love to add this to my home office!
What an interesting idea! It’s much more compact than the treadmill desk. I’d love to try it!
I love this workstation and would love to have one!
Very interesting! I like this idea!
The locus sphere desk is so beautiful, I would love to get that for my husband to help him with his back problems.
Nora Tomlinson says
I’d love to use one of these—$2,099 Locus Workstation in Black Walnut and Matte Black.I sit too much and I’d like to use this, along with the computer desks that are attached to a stationary bike.
My favorite is the Locus Sphere Bundle in walnut. This would be amazing! Thanks for the opportunity
The Locus Sphere Bundle looks practical and very helpful… my husband definitely needs one of these (me too, but he sits longer each day!).
Any of the locust workstations would be great. Great giveaway!
This year I finally started seeing a chiropractor for back and neck issues due to sitting all day. A locus workstation would be an excellent step towards alleviating the pain and discomfort brought on by my desk job.
The Locus Bundle Pro would be great for having to work on the computer all day. I think it would greatly improve my back pain. Thanks for this great giveaway!
That Mogo cushion looks rather comfy.
Heather Jones says
The Locus Bundle Pro would be FANTASTIC!
I like the locus bundle pro. I try to stand most of the day this will be great!
Everything looks awesome, i think the ‘Mobis’ are my favorites though.
This chair would be the perfect gift for my sweetie. He works at home. He takes good care of me and it would be so nice to take care of him for a change.
I would love the locus sphere bundle. As a nurse, being on your feet for 12 hours can take a toll as well as helping people up & down out of chairs & beds. This would be PERFECT!
I’ve been standing at work for a year now and love it. I’d be happy with anything that helps me to continue to do so.
Wow, this looks really awesome ! I would love to win this work station since I’m sitting at my computer so much.
Oh my gosh – I so need one of these!
The full set up that you have looks awesome but I already have a standing desk at work and the mobis or mogo would be an awesome addition for when I need to “sit”
Gloria Sanford-Breton says
I would love this for my son who is a designer or my daughter who is an artist. So much better positioning for back health!!
Wow, this looks really awesome ! I would love to win this work station since I’m sitting at my computer so much. I really like the Locus seat.
The first time I read about these desks a few months ago I knew that I needed one in my life! What a great solution to help end my back/body pain. It is definitely on my wish list. Thanks for sharing, Arsy!
Lauren S. says
The Locust Bundle Pro looks amazing. My partner works from home and had to get shoulder surgery about a year ago. He has SO many issues that the foam roller and yoga can’t totally ease as a result of being at his computer most of the day. This would change his life!
The locus bundle pro would be amazing
Limari Colon says
Locus Bundle (workstation desk and chair)
Diana R. says
The Locus Bundle looks great love to have that. Thanks for the giveaway.
Locus Bundle looks awesome to me. So glad someone is coming up with equipment that helps to make a desk job less painful!
i would love the locust sphere. i work at home and i agree, it is terrible to sit all day!!!
I fell in love with Focal Upright when I first met them at SXSW last year! I lust after the Locus Workstation (especially in glacier white), but I really love their mogo portable seats too! They’re great for working tradeshows or just having on the go!
The Locus Workstation standing desk is just what I need. I work all day long at my desk. This would really help!
Rebecca G says
The mobis chair looks amazing!
cheridene boucher says
LOCUS BUNDLE PRO is amazing
It looks amazing. I would love to win the Locus Workstation.
After working as an artist and teacher for years (never sitting down), I am now at a desk almost all day. I often think that I’ve taken a long flight every day of the work week! Since sitting during the day, I’ve experienced so many muscle aches and stiffness and general lack of energy.
This work station looks amazing and can imagine how much better it would be to do computer work here. The confluence station would be ideal for the team I work with as well. Very inspiring.
These workstations are brilliant! The design is so simple and elegant. I love that it’s a blend between a sitting and standing position–I’ve found that simply standing can sometimes be a little too much. I spend about 10 hours a day at my desk in my home office, and I am in dire need of a more ergonomic workstation. The locus bundle would definitely be the perfect solution. I love the black walnut, but the fact that it’s back ordered seems to mean that everyone else does too. 😉
i love the locus sphere bundle and the mogo.
I would love to try this…the Locus Bundle Pro would be a great addition to my home office, which is shared by three people on alternating days. The adjustability would be a great plus!
What incredible products!! We have never heard of these before and are totally impressed! This giveaway is phenomenal!!
I really like the LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE. Having many health issues, this would truly increase my ability to accomplish more. The room offered for computer and writing at this particular ‘station’ is perfect! Thank you for this tremendous opportunity!! Sincerely-Danielle
Tara Pantera says
Without a doubt, that Locus Workstation is my favorite. My back is killing me from the sitting!!!
All of the locus workstations look amazing! I am currently using an exercise ball chair at work and it is better than a regular chair, but these are even better! Would love to win one.
The Locus Sphere Bundle!
The Locus bundle looks great! Thanks!
The Locus Sphere Bundle. I love the extra surface area. But I also like the smaller footprint of the Locus Bundle Pro.
Kelli Herman says
My fiance has been saying for soooo long how he would love a stand up desk. Often I come home from work, and he has his computer set up on a stool, on top of the kitchen counter and that is how he does his work! I’d love to win a stand up desk for him. I visited Focal Upright Furniture, and I know he would LOVE the Locus workstation!
Thanks! Happy Holidays!
Monica G says
WOW! This is awesome! I work from home and my back and shoulders are always killing me from being hunched over a computer all day… but I’d definitely love to give the LOCUS BUNDLE PRO a shot! Thanks for highlighting them! 🙂
i’ve been injured in my spine while serving in the army, it seems like great opportunity to put an end to my lower back paint 🙂
Amanda M. says
The Locus Sphere Bundle is neat! I’m a horrible sloucher, I even learned to slouch on a yoga ball. So now I stand but after a while my feet and knees start to get sore.
Maxim Simantov says
I’ve been injured in my spin while serving in the army, seems like great opportunity to put an end to my back pain 🙂
What a great idea! Would love to win one!
I definitely want that Mobis seat.
Jeremy Rosen says
The Locus Seat looks comfy! Thanks for this giveaway!
This goods great! I would love to win this. Thanks for this giveaway.
The work station is my fave!
I work from home all day, and this would be perfect!
My favorite product has to be the Locus Sphere Workstation. I work from home and am always spreading out paperwork on my desk so the larger desktop would be perfect for me. Thanks for the giveaway!
I would LOVE to put this in the shop! I think we’d all be more alert!
The Locus Bundle Pro looks like the perfect setup!
Sue D says
I like the Mobis seat.
I like the desk in white oak.
Alessandra // the foodie teen says
I adore their Sphere Bundle! Everything looks amazing and super comfortable though. Although I try not to, I do end up sitting a couple of hours a day, but this would absolutely solve that problem! You look adorable in that picture Arsy, love the hair!
I love the workstations. Any of them would be greatly therapeutic!
Athena L says
I’m one of those who sits at a desk for most of the day…even on weekends! I have to say, the workstations are extremely appealing to me.
Would love to have this for work. I sit at a computer all day long, some days 10 plus hours. My chiropractor has suggested I get a standing desk, however my company doesn’t think I need one…..
Oops, forgot to tell you that I would love to have the Locus Workstation in White Oak.
The locus bundle looks great!
Joan Noyes says
The Locus Pro Workstation is my favorite, and the Mega Stools are great too!
This looks like a great setup, much better than my cluttered desk and almost-the-right-height bookshelf.
Lotus Bundle Pro
laura t says
my favorite is the sphere bundle!
This is awesome and looks like it would be the answer to my back and neck problems. Have had issues with both since a car accident when I was 17 and now that I’m 53 I am definitely ready for some relief.
Rose Holloway says
I would love to try the LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE
Peggy G. says
What an awesome product! My sore back would thank you a million times over.
I’ve been thinking about a standing desk for a while. I didn’t see anything about how to accommodate a desktop computer. I often have a lot of things on my desk that I need for work – papers, external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It looks easy if all you have is a laptop.
Amanda Mullins says
The workstation would be awesome!
Would LOVE that sphere bundle! Can’t imagine what it would be like to work without back/neck pain.
How Cool!! Would love a set up like this 🙂
Edited to add…I would love the locus bundle pro!
Skelly Shelly says
As a person who has suffered with back pain all of my life along with a light case of scoliosis, this type of seating would be wonderful. Sure, I’d love to have the Locus Sphere Bundle, but what I’d really love is the Confluence Collaboration Bundle so everyone can experience feeling better (and sitting less) even while we work together!
Mary Brandon says
I really need a standing computer station, I spend waaaaaaay to much time sitting.
I forgot to mention that I would like the Mobis seat.
Catherine Wong says
This is awesome!
i love this!!
I like the Locus Sphere Bundle!
I love the Lotus Sphere Bundle!
Elizabeth G. says
I would like to try the Mogo Cushion.
Jessica @ Jess Does Paleo says
The legacy desk looks great! I love walking when I can, but there’s really no option for me when I am on my computer at home (also my couch is so comfy…)
kendra cardoza says
I am in love with the locus sphere bundle! It has everything I need for my at home workstation. I run my own IT business out of my home and spend most of my time at a desk on the computer, so this would be a dream come true!
I have been looking for a new desk and I am SO glad you reviewed this!
I would love to try the locus sphere bundle!
virginiq dean says
i love the lotus sphere bundle
Georgette Helton says
LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE
The locus sphere bundle looks really cool.
Lori R says
The Locus Sphere bundle looks like it would be perfect for my hubby.
Tracy Teague says
The Locus Sphere Bundle would be wonderful to have.
Wow, neat products! I’d love to get one of the locus sphere pro bundles!
Not sure if previous post went through…but this is an awesome giveaway and product line! Wow! I’d love any of them but the locus pro bundles are amazing!
I am finally converting a spare room into my office and have been wishing for an upright workstation. Great giveaway. Thank you!
I’m a writer and spend a lot of time on my laptop. The Locus Sphere looks like great workspace.
thuy n. says
I like the desk.
The Locus Sphere bundle would be amazing!
I’ve been looking for a stool like the MOBIS for work. I stand most of the time behind a counter.
Debbie V. says
I would love to get the Locus Sphere bundle. I have been considering this type of standing desk arrangement for awhile as my job is sedentary and I travel a lot in my car. Even though I am doing Crossfit and other exercising, I still don’t feel the greatest at times and I know it is from all the sitting! Would love to win!
The Locus Sphere looks interesting.. i like being able to spread out my work area.
Tracy Spangler says
I really like the Locus Sphere Bundle. The seat and anti-fatigue mat are great ideas to make sure staying in the correct position while working is not uncomfortable. This is a fantastic idea for those of us that are sitting in front of a computer all day!
Jamie Miller says
The locus bundle!
The Locus Dphere would work great for us! Eliminating back pain & encouraging good posture would be awesome!
Emily Morelli says
My favorite is the Locus Desk. I’d like to use it over my treadmill.
Andrea Williams says
I like the shape of the Locus Sphere desk. I am definitely all over the place and need space! 🙂
Dulce Perez says
I just requested a standing desk at work!! I’ve been eyeing the locus seat as soon as I decided to switch over to a standing desk! It would be perfect!
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I would love a Locus Sphere desk! I have so much back pain from a traditional sitting desk configuration. I will be working from home soon and I will be definitely saving up to purchase one in the future. I’ve been looking for a standing desk for sometime and these are the best I’ve seen thus far. Thanks Arsy for sharing your desk with us!!
Rachel H says
This looks really awesome! Such an interesting take on standing desks
I want the LOCUS SPHERE! It would be perfect!
I’d love to win this for my husband. He spends a lot of days sitting at his desk and has recently started getting some lower back pain.
I love the mobis! This would be so useful for my husband who is a student and has to sit a lot!
Adam Smith says
The Locus Sphere would be perfect for me. I spend all day on a dissertation, writing and reading and looking at screens.
Standing desks are all the rage at my office now, but none of them are like this. The built-in leaning stool is genius.
The locus bundle pro looks awesome!
This desk looks amazing! I work at home and would love to have this!
Noelle @ Coconuts and Kettlebells says
As a blogger with low back pain – I seriously think this looks too good to be true! Whatever you’re sitting on in the photo – I WANT! Thanks for doing the giveaway!! 🙂
ET Pruitt says
The Mobi seat in citrus is my favorite.
Angela Towers says
The whole concept is amazing. If $$ was not an issue, I would so want the Locus bundle.
Brandi A says
Since it is all about what I like, and not what is currently in my budget, I am all about the Locus Sphere Bundle!
James Davies says
I would say that the conference table intrigues me the most and it even has the option to get the table top dry erase!!! That’s great for group meetings.
That stay flat shelf looks handy!
After 10 years of suffering from chronic hip pain, I finally got a diagnosis and physical therapy plan that has given me pain free days. As a doctoral student who is always sitting for work or reading, the locus bundle would honestly change my life.
The locus desk would be the answer to my studying woes. I have tried to make a standing desk with boxes and books but the keyboard is never at the right height. What a cool giveaway
This looks cool, i’d love to try one out!
I love that they offer the stay flat shelf to attach to the lotus for a desktop computer monitor.
Awesome! could use this sitting for so many hours a day in front of a computer…
Mike Cunningham says
Dream desk is the sphere workstation, but the mogo is great for when I’m out playing music!
The desk and chair combo shown in your blog pic look awesome!
Stacey Roberson says
My favorite is the Locus Sphere Bundle.
I would love to have the LOCUS SPHERE BUNDLE.