Is Sitting the New Smoking?


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

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Standing Desks

Adjustable height desks allow for sitting, standing, and anything in between.

Personalized Sleep Calculator

Ergonomic Chairs

Finding the right chair is key to maintaining a healthy posture.

Sleep Guide for Parents

Treadmill & Bike Desks

An excellent way to add more movement to your workday.

When To Replace Your Mattress

Kneeling at Work

Kneeling is a functional way to maintain posture when standing isn't feasible.

We Are Made To Move

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

Start Sleeping - Quick Guide to Better Sleep

Stand When You Can

Adding standing to your workday has been 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 have created these 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.


Stay Aligned All Day

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.

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.


We've done our research

Our recommendation for best standing desk by category.

Our Experts

RJ Burr, DC

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.

RJ received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) and has accrued more than 700 hours of post-graduate work with an emphasis on manual therapy, rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition, and movement restoration. He’s earned certifications in Active Release Techniques (ART) and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) medical track and can sit for the American Chiropractic Rehab Board Diplomate (DACRB) and Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie).

He also continually treats recreational and professional athletes at races, tournaments, and competitions.

Ryan Fiorenzi

Ryan Fiorenzi is one of the founders of Start Standing. After suffering from back pain for many years due to his martial arts training, he began researching, consulting with experts, and experimenting with different therapies to eliminate his pain (which he did in nine months). One of the first changes he made to help eliminate low back pain was to use a standing desk converter and then a standing desk.

Since 2015, he has seen dozens of chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists; he's experimented with exercise programs such as crawling, Gynastica Natural, Foundation, several styles of yoga (including Iyengar, which was by far the most helpful), and almost every type of foam roller, psoas massager, inversion table/bar, and contraption to get rid of the pain. He's bought almost every product sold at Relax the Back and has been obsessed with improving his health for many years. He's one of the main testers and writers for Start Standing, constantly testing standing desks, standing desk converters, under-desk treadmills, treadmill desks, and anything else to optimize health.

Ryan graduated from the University of Michigan, owned a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Michigan for over 23 years, is a published author, and has been interviewed by several podcasts for his experience getting rid of his back pain. He's also a meditator, salsa dancer, and wannabe chef.

Brent Gostomski
Brent Gostomski

Brent Gostomski is the founder of Crossfit Forgiven. He has a B.S. in Exercise and Health Services from Alma College where he focused on dietetics, epidemiology, and exercise physiology. He has competed as a bodybuilder and in CrossFit competitions. He has a passion for ergonomics and is passionate about educating anyone he encounters about the dangers of sitting all day.

Dr. Ryan Burke Chiropractor and Contributor to 245px
Ryan Burke

Dr. Ryan Burke is the owner of Precision Chiropractic and is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Life University Doctor of Chiropractic Program, has advanced training in pre-natal adjusting, pediatric adjusting, the Webster Technique, clinical nutrition, spinal correction, nervous system balancing, physiotherapy, functional lab testing and pediatric health disorders, and advanced proficiency certified in Activator Methods Technique.

Ryan specializes in using a "whole person" approach in order to identify underlying causes of patients' 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 Stretch Coach
Brad Walker
B.S., “The Stretch Coach”

Brad Walker is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England (now Southern Cross University) and has postgraduate accreditations 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,, and Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming and Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have all featured his work.

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

Dr. Alan Hedge has been a professional human factors ergonomist for over 40 years and leads the ergonomics services offered by Humanuse. From 1987-2019 he was a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at 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 OSHA in Washington, D.C., to the UK House of Commons, and to the New York State Assembly.

Dr. Bridger
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 the 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 Ergonomicsnow 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
Rebekah Karns

Rebekah Karns 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
Dr. Warren Willey

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 DietBetter Than SteroidsObtainableand What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked.

Mary Sweeney, RN, BSN, CEN, ONN-CG(T) Expert Contributor Start Standing
Mary Sweeney, RN

Mary Sweeney is a registered nurse and medical writer. With 14 years of experience in healthcare, she has worked in emergency/trauma, post-anesthesia, oncology navigation, and military medicine.

Mary is a lieutenant in the United States Navy and acted as a sexual assault nurse examiner while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She has trained extensively in preventing sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and is active in victim advocacy.

Amberlie Price
Amberlie Price
Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Amberlie Price has been teaching yoga since 2009. She teaches Vinyasa yoga as well as other fitness classes including HIIT, dance, and bootcamp.  She currently teaches in Northeast Ohio.

Karen F Barney
Karen F Barney

Karen Frank Barney, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Chair Emerita, Saint Louis University, has over 50 years of experience as an occupational therapist and teacher.

She has worked in many places, including Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missouri, and Guatemala. She founded the Transformative Justice Initiative at Saint Louis University and continues to mentor Doctorate Occupational Therapy students. She has been a professor for 37 years and was the primary faculty for aging-related studies at three universities, including the occupational therapy expert for the Geriatric Education Center at Saint Louis University for 22 years.

Joel Fuhrman, MD
Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times bestselling author, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation. His work and discoveries are published in medical journals, and he is involved with multiple nutritional studies with major research institutions across America.

Dr. Fuhrman runs the Eat to Live Retreat in San Diego, California and takes over the medical care for his guests, enabling them to transform their lives as they recover from diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, cancer and other serious conditions.

Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows. Through his own hugely successful PBS specials, which have raised more than $50 million for public broadcasting stations, he has brought nutritional science to homes across America and around the world.

His seven New York Times bestsellers: include: Eat for Life (HarperOne, 2020), Eat to Live (Little Brown, 2003; updated, 2011); Super Immunity (HarperOne, 2012); The End of Diabetes (HarperOne, 2013); The Eat to Live Cookbook (HarperOne, 2013); The End of Dieting (HarperOne, 2014) and The End of Heart Disease (HarperOne, 2016).

He is also the author of a series of Transformation 20 guides to health and weight loss. The titles include: Transformation 20 DiabetesTransformation 20: Blood Pressure and CholesterolTransformation 20: Infection Protection in 20 Days10 in 20: Lose 10 Pounds in 20 Days Detox Program10 in 20: More of What You Love10 in 20 Made Simpleand 10 in 20: Emergency Weight Loss Program. 

To date, Dr. Fuhrman has sold more than three million books. In 2017, Dr. Fuhrman released Fast Food Genocide (HarperOne 2017), an examination of how fast food is destroying the physical, mental and emotional health of our society — and what we can do about it. He also introduced legions of food lovers to the joys of Nutritarian cooking with his Eat to Live Cookbook (HarperOne, 2013) and his Eat To Live Quick and Easy Cookbook (HarperOne, 2017). Dr. Fuhrman has written several other popular books on nutritional science, which include: Eat for Health; Disease-Proof Your Child; Fasting and Eating for Health; and the Nutritarian Handbook and ANDI Food Scoring Guide. 
Matthew Rowan, BS

Matt co-founded Start Standing and has battled lower back pain after ten years of sitting at a desk and lack of moment while working. After the experience of incorporating standing and movement into his office life, he's improved his pain significantly.

Matt is one of the main product testers and researchers at Start Standing. Over the years, he has become an advocate and expert on alternative office furniture and tools that help reduce pain derived from sitting and add movement to desk life.

Aaron Karns

Aaron Karns has a Bachelor of Economics from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree in international economics. He did market research for 6 years, where he conducted focus group testing for products. He's one of our main product testers and researchers.

Aaron is an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys mountain biking, camping, and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast.

Sources and Partners

Below you'll find some of our trusted sources and partners we work with when researching healthy workplace topics. For any topic we cover, we look for scholarly sources, medical experts, and peer-reviewed studies with conclusive results to support our work.

University Of Michigan Health System - Start Sleeping Sources
Anxiety And Depression Association Of America - Start Sleeping Sources
National Library of Medicine - Start Sleeping Sources
National Sleep Foundation - Start Sleeping Sources
National Safety Council - Start Sleeping Sources
American Academy of Pediatrics - Start Sleeping Sources
US Department of Health and Human Services - Start Sleeping Sources
Mayo Clinic Health System - Start Sleeping Sources

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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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