Design

A surfboard-inspired companion for standing desk aficionados

The Level is designed to keep muscles, blood and minds flowing while you work.

Workers using the FluidStance appear to be standing on hoverboards.Workers using the FluidStance appear to be standing on hoverboards.Workers using the FluidStance appear to be standing on hoverboards. (Photo: Courtesy Fluidstance)

With all the news about how prolonged sitting is the new smoking – the worst thing you can do for your health even if you exercise – those who work in an office or at home are increasingly choosing to work standing up.

But treadmill desks are expensive, cumbersome and make you look like a bit of a dork. And while standing desks alone might prevent you from hunching over and keep your blood and concentration flowing, users also complain that they trade increased energy for sore hips and the discomfort caused by our tendency to lock our knees while spending long periods on our feet.

Earlier this year, Joel Heath, former Brand President of Teva footwear, launched startup FluidStance.

“FluidStance was born from the idea that the body should move while we work, not just stand up,” Heath says in a project description. “The body is meant to move, yet at work, in classrooms and even at home we chain our bodies down into a sedentary state in the hopes of focus.”

A cross between a surfboard and a wheel-less skateboard, The Level is a cool standing platform designed to incite just enough instability underfoot to keep limbs lightly in motion while users maintain balance, raising heart rates by 15 percent and keeping muscles and minds flowing. Hand-cast and made from bamboo and military-grade aluminum in San Francisco, the sleek, portable design is a hipper, less hardcore alternative to a treadmill and requires no electricity.

The FluidStance is designed to create a little instability to help keep limbs moving.The FluidStance is designed to create a little instability to help keep limbs moving. (Photo: Courtesy Fluidstance)

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