Is Sitting the New Smoking?


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Providing comprehensive research and objective advice for those seeking an active lifestyle

Move Throughout The Day


Standing Desks & Desk Converters

Adjustable height desks allow for sitting, standing and anything in between.
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Ergonomic Chairs & Stools

You shouldn't stand all day. Finding the right chair can make or break your posture.
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Treadmill & Bike Desks

Treadmill and bike desks were designed to help people that work long hours add more movement to their day.
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Kneeling At Work

Kneeling is a non-traditional way to maintain posture when standing isn't feasible.
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We Are Made To Move.

We are firm believers that movement matters, and the research is backing us up. People that incorporate more movement into their daily life report higher energy levels, increased productivity, and a better mood. Most importantly, the science is beginning to prove that avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can help reduce the risk of many common diseases.

Stand When You Can

Adding standing to your workday has proven to help back, neck, and joint pain as well as improve productivity and energy levels. There are many options depending on your goals, time and budget to give sitting a break. We created our resources to help you find the best standing desk for your needs.

Sit When You Need To

Finding the right chair for your home or work office can dramatically reduce the side effects of your extended sitting time, help you maintain better posture and generally increase comfort. Our guides help break through the noise and help you find the right fit.

Move Any Chance You Get

When most people think of not sitting all day, they often assume they must be standing. There are other options such as walking or biking at a slow speed at your desk. Our tools will help you decide if this is right for you.

Stay Aligned All Day

When it comes to causes of pain, staying out of line throughout the day is a top cause. Our resources help highlight many of the ways you can gain proper alignment and prevent common pain causes.

Meet Our Experts

RJ Burr, D.C.

As the founder of Reach Rehab + Chiropractic Performance Center in Plymouth, MI, RJ works according to his belief that for you to have a healthy, pain-free lifestyle, you must be responsible for your health by eating well, moving well, and moving often. He has accrued more than 700 hours of post-graduate work with an emphasis on manual therapy, rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition, and movement restoration.

Ryan Fiorenzi, B.S.

Ryan Fiorenzi is one of the founders of Start Standing. After suffering from constant back pain for 8 years, he began researching, consulting with experts, and experimenting with different therapies which ended up curing his pain. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a published author, teaches at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Michigan, and has been interviewed by several podcasts for his experience getting rid of his back pain.

Brent Gostomski, B.S.

Brent is the owner of Crafted Fitness. He has a B.S. in Exercise and Health Services from Alma where he focused on dietetics, epidemiology, and exercise physiology. He has a passion for ergonomics and is passionate about educating anyone he encounters about the dangers of sitting all day.

Ryan Burke, D.C.

Dr. Ryan Burke specializes in using a "whole person" approach in order to identify underlying causes of patient's problems and develop long-term solutions. His goal is not only to alleviate an individual's symptoms but also to help them achieve maximum health and live a full and vibrant life.

Brad Walker aka "The Stretch Coach"

Brad is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England (now Southern Cross University) and has postgraduate accreditation’s in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. His stretching and sports injury articles have been published in numerous health and fitness magazines and extensively online at sites like, and Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming and Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have all featured his work.

He is the author of many books, including The Anatomy of Stretching, Second Edition: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation

Dr. Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE, C.Erg.HF

Alan has been a professional human factors ergonomist for over 40 years and leads the ergonomics services offered by Humanuse. From 1987-2019 he was Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University where he directed the Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching and research programs. He has given testimony on indoor air quality and indoor environment design issues to several committees of the US House of Representatives and to OSHA in Washington, D.C., to the UK House of Commons, and to the New York State Assembly.

One of his many books on ergonomics is Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health, Wellness, and Productivity (Human Factors and Ergonomics)

Dr. RS Bridger

Dr. RS (Bob) Bridger is an independent consultant in human factors and ergonomics and a keen advocate of active office working through his books and public speaking. He is author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers on human factors and ergonomics and is past president of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Bob is sole author of the best-selling textbook Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics now in its fourth edition and a new book A Guide to Active Working in the Modern Office. Both books are published in the US by CRC Press. Bob can be contacted via his website

Rebekah Karns, PhD

Rebekah currently works at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical informatics. She focuses on childhood obesity, and she has a deep understanding on the impact that movement has on productivy and overall health regardless of age.

Before her current role, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati's Doctoral Graduate Program in Molecular Epidemiology and the Preparing Future Faculty Program.

Dr. Warren Willey, DO

Warren Willey, DO is the Medical Director of a functional medicine clinic in Southeast Idaho.

He is a Board-Certified Osteopathic Physician and did his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic.  He's a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a diplomat with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, The America Board of Family Medicine, The America Board Urgent Care Medicine and The American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Willey is highly sought after, dynamic speaker and does regular speaking engagements around the country concerning obesity medicine, laboratory medicine, hormone replacement, and other medical and fitness related topics. He is an established author, having written a medical textbook and many books, including The Z Diet, Better Than Steroids, Obtainable, and What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked.

Ask the Experts

Recently Asked Questions

Q: Is sitting the new smoking?
A: We think so. Research shows that you can reduce your chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain, all with one simple lifestyle change: reduce the time you spend sitting.
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Q: What are the benefits of a standing desk?
A: The most common results we see in people that switch to a more active work day include weight loss, higher productivity, reduced rate of early mortality, more energy, better mood, and less back pain.
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