We all know that sitting all day is bad. People who sit four or more hours a day end up taking years off their lives. Standing all day doesn’t seem to do a lot more than make our feet hurt. What if there was an easy way to keep moving while you do your work? Joel Heath had that thought too, and created the Fluidstance “Level.”
According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, 86 percent of the American workforce sits for over 7.7 hours a day, and 80 percent of us “truly hate sitting,” according to Fluidstance’s Indiegogo page. Our screen-driven lives are leading to increases in cancer, heart disease, and depression.
How did Fluidstance’s founder Heath come up with the solution? After taking an executive position at Teva, Heath found himself sitting as much as eight hours per day. So he got a standing desk. Unfortunately, that didn’t work well either. “I started experiencing pain in different places,” he says. “I just felt like there had to be a better way. I started to play with the idea that if you put a subtle rocker under the foot, you could move out of a sedentary state.”
After 27 different prototypes, “The Level” was born. The Level is a balancing platform, and much like a surfboard, and the person who stands on it must make small movements in order to stay balanced and upright. “It’s the first 10 minutes that I can tell someone has never been on it. From behind, you can see their fine twitch muscles working, and as they relax into it, you see their body already knows how to move,” says Heath.
Is surfing at work the new way to keep in shape? Perhaps. At a $289 price point, the company has already raised almost $400,000 via Indiegogo.
Images via Fluidstance