Sitting at a desk all day is lethal, increasing risks for everything from heart disease to strained disks. The stand-up desk seemed like the ideal solution, but it turns out that standing for a long time has its own issues (like fatigue and foot soreness). The best option?
A sit-stand combo. It encourages both postures by easily adjusting to the two different positions. "It can help ease back discomfort and give you more energy," says ergonomics expert Vivienne Fleischer. "Plus, you can burn more calories during the day by using one."
Stir Kinetic Desk
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Stir's CEO once worked for Apple, and it shows: The Kinetic has a clean designer look and is operated from an iPad-like touchscreen. You can set goals for how often and how long you'd like to stand, and the desk will remind you when to do it. There are also four USB ports and eight A/C outlets built in. [$3,890; stirworks.com]