Our workplace shouldn’t be killing us.
We’ve become sitting ducks in our chairs.
Become a Chuck that Chair advocate!
We’re spending more time glued to chairs in a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for hours a day, even on expensive chairs and at well-designed workstations, contribute to problems that just keep getting worse year on year. Back and neck pain, frequent headaches, winding up with more serious health issues, namely obesity and the much publicized
Sitting is the ultimate passive activity. When we sit, the electrical activity in our muscles flatlines. Powering down our body like that for long periods of time leads to a cascade of negative effects - heart rate, calorie burn, insulin effectiveness, and levels of good cholesterol all drop. Molecules that play an important role in processing fats and sugars stop working, and without them, our metabolism suffers. It’s no wonder that those who sit for long periods of time each day have larger waistlines and worse blood sugar and blood pressure profiles, and are at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, than those who sit less.
Don’t think you’re off the hook because you get in some vigorous exercise each day … you’re not. Exercise does not counteract the negative effects of sitting. It’s like thinking you can snack on chips all day, and then offset that by running for an hour.
It's time to Take a Stand
Switching from chairs to upright workstations reduces obesity and improves circulation. Standing up for three hours will consume 144 calories.
“People are sitting down at work, then sitting in the car and then sitting down in front of the television. It isn’t natural. Humans are designed to stand up and keep moving.” - John Buckley, the University of Chester.
In response to a study that warned that a sedentary lifestyle could be causing as many deaths as smoking, Dr. Buckley says that regular changes in the workplace can mean long-term improvements. “It’s little changes in behavior… such as standing at your desk that can add up to quite a big difference to your health.”
“OK, I know sitting down is killing me - but if I stand all day, that kills me too.”
Here's how you can help
Introducing the Next Big Idea
The remarkable STANZ workbladeThe STANZ workblade posture-correct workstation is designed for all day comfort and energy, while providing a more productive alternative to prolonged sitting at work and at home. With this amazing upright station, you’re not standing all day, you’re ‘stanzing’- you won’t believe the stamina you develop. Stanz workblades reduce weight on the legs by 10% as they angle the body into a most relaxed and efficient upright position. You’ll be burning more calories before you know it and, by being more active, you just might lose extra weight. All you need is a pair of comfy shoes.
Stanz workblades are the intelligent, ergonomic way to get all your work done and feel refreshed at the end of the day. They make prolonged sitting and tiresome standing relics of the past. Besides, the workblade looks cool and futuristic. Raise your worktable or desk any way you like and slide in a STANZ. People will start looking up to you.
Workstations of the future
Ergostanz is innovation that promotes ideal human interaction to a given environment.Drawing on human biology, psychology, engineering and design, Ergostanz patent-protected products optimize system performance through wellness of individuals.
Developing the workbladeUnder the watchful eye of Voltaire, JC designed and tested the first prototype of the STANZ workstation over a 2-year period, constantly streamlining the design features.
Highlights of the workblade
The STANZ Highrise model is sturdy & lightweight, with a welded aluminum or steel frame, powder coated with choice of colors, strong vinyl adjustable backrest, ideally angled for all day comfort, and crafted by hand into a simple, elegant shape. STANZ products are built to last a lifetime and extend yours accordingly.
A new workstation for people who value their health.
The idea for the STANZ workblade came after JC realized how comfortable leaning against a sloping surface can be, and decided to build a workstation model. After 2 years of testing and designing, it became clear that no workstation arrangement combines the workblade’s unique comfort and productivity with wellness at work.
"Every office and workplace should have a few workblades available as part of their worksafe / wellness program."
Fashion Meets Function
The workblade is simple to use – slide it into place and get to work. It takes up a small space while its classic / modern aesthetic blends easily into an office or home environment.
Stanz developer: JC Beauchamp
* University lecturer;
* Published author;
* Inventor;* Wellness enthusiast. I am dedicated to eliminating 'sitting disease' - prolonged and unnecessary sitting in the workplace - during my lifetime. And I need your support.
Don Carmichael, Kinesiologist, for his enthusiasm and advice.
Leslie Graham, for her support with user testing of the prototypes.
The 3000 people who attended the PNE Maker’s Faire, tried the workblade and loved it.
How the Indiegogo funds will be used
The funds we raise on Indiegogo will be used for the STANZ’s first round of production and promotion. After more than 2 years of designing and testing, we have completed two prototypes, the Electra for home and the Highrise for the office.
The STANZ workblade series is ready for production! We need your support to meet the minimum order quantity to bring this exciting project to life.
October ~ November: additional design touch-ups, such as adding the STANZ logo to packaging designs, and final quality test.
November ~ December: we're going to place an order with the funds we raised from Indiegogo. Production will be done locally in the Fraser Valley’s light manufacturing area.
December ~ January: products will be shipped out, and it shouldn't take more than a few weeks for the shipped products to reach you wherever you are.
Risks and challenges
Over 2 years of designing and rigorous testing with feedback from consumer groups and the general public at exhibitions and conferences. We wanted to make sure that the prototype was complete with rigorous performance and durability tests before we started our Indiegogo campaign. We're very confident that we will deliver our quality products by the projected dates.
We have established relationships with experienced contract manufacturers in BC to mitigate the risk of delays by material suppliers and to ensure quality control is implemented to the highest level. While we know there will still be unexpected challenges along the way, we will always be transparent and inform our backers of potential hurdles as we go.
We have built in extra time for the manufacturing process and are confident we will ship by the projected dates. We will always keep you informed if things take longer than planned.
We have taken the following steps to ensure that we deliver the best quality product:
- Built working prototypes with the established contract manufacturer.
- Extensively tested prototypes for performance and durability.