April 13, 2016
They say that sitting is the new smoking. Actually, “they” should probably stop saying that because it’s not really true. A recent study has stated that “there isn’t really any evidence that standing is better than sitting,” so you might as well ditch your standing desk now for a more comfortable and effective option.
Sure standing uses more muscles than sitting and therefore burns slightly more calories, but standing in one spot for a long time can also have negative impacts on your spine and joints. The key to getting the ultimate benefit out of your desk job is mobilization.
Perpetual Motion Lab claims they have reinvented the “next generation of sitting” (seriously, that’s what they’re calling it) with a device called HOVR. Their claim is that HOVR burns the same amount or slightly more calories as standing but without the associated risks of spine or joint problem.
Creators Ron Mochizuki, M.D., a Physical Medical & Rehabilitation Physician and John Godoy, a Certified Personal Trainer built HOVR with support from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois. It is one of the first NEAT™-certified device. NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is basically the calories you burn during daily activity that includes fidgeting, walking, cleaning, etc. and focuses on the daily calories you burn while doing normal, non-exercise activity such as walking, fidgeting, raking leaves and even tapping your foot.
There has been a lot of research indicating that even a small increase in daily activity can result in sustainable weight loss and better health. The HOVR was built with that in mind. In order to counteract many of the problems associated with sedentary behavior, the device contains two disks that are adjustable and should be positioned a couple inches off the floor. Placing your feet on the disks allows for an unconscious increase in movement while sitting.
“I realized that my clients, who worked out with me three days a week, were being severely hampered by a sedentary office culture in which they spent fifty, sixty or even seventy hours a week chained to a desk,” said John Godoy, professional trainer and co-founder of HOVR in a statement. “I knew something needed to be done to curb this behavior, because what was on the market wasn’t working.”
HOVR uses patented technology and is available in two models, one that attaches to the underside of a desk or table with an adjustable mount or suspended from a portable independent stand. It is collapsable and easily transportable. You can pre-order now for less than $45 or visit the HOVR Indiegogo campaign which just launched.
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