HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO THE OFFICE CHAIR
Consider the derogatory term secretary ass for a minute—but don't sit while you do it. A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that workers who spend more than six hours in their seat each day are up to 68 percent more likely to be overweight. And desk jockeys are 54 percent more likely to die from heart attacks. Start changing your workaday ways with these new pieces of fitness-enhancing furniture.

Standing Desk
The benefits:
By standing at this podium-style desk, you'll burn up to 50 more calories an hour and stave off weight gain.
Who uses it:
Employees of Nabisco, Mercedes-Benz, and GE; members of the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps
One to try:
Airtouch by Details; $1,499 at steelcase.com



Treadmill Desk
The benefits:
Not only will you burn more calories and squeeze in a moderate workout at the office, but your sleep will improve, says Seth Roberts, Ph.D., one of the earliest creators of the treadmill desk.
Who uses it:
Employees at the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic as well as at forward-thinking companies such as Pixar and Microsoft
One to try:
UpLift Treadmill Desk; $1,873 at thehumansolution.com


Ergonomic Chair
The benefits:
This office-chair-on-steroids is equipped with resistance bands (with adjustable tension) so you can do a variety of exercises. Tone your core while you're on a conference call! Chisel your chest during a meeting! You get the idea.
Who uses it:
The brainiacs at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California
One to try:
GymyGym Ergonomic Exercise Chair; $799 at gymygym.com


Elliptical Machine Desk
The benefits:
Even though it's not designed for all-out workouts (pedal speed is meant to stay slow), you can torch up to 4,000 calories a week.
Who uses it:
Hammacher Schlemmer, the company that sells it, declines to name names.
One to try:
The Elliptical Machine Office Desk; $8,000 at hammacher.com


Spinning Desk
The benefits:
"You can keep your body active while you're tackling the tasks of the day," says creator Dan Young. "Benefits range from conditioning to basic physical fitness, all while you're still at your desk. Part of why I started the company was so I can get in an hour or two of riding a day without having to pull myself away from work."
Who uses it:
Avid cyclists
One to try:
Kickstand Furniture Desk; $800 to $1,650 at kickstandfurniture.com

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