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At some point in your life you've probably thought your job is killing you, and a wave of recent data suggests that might actually be true. Some studies have suggested that spending five days a week sitting at your desk puts you at a higher risk of muscular skeletal disorders, obesity, diabetes, several types of cancer, heart disease and more. And the worst part is,you may still be susceptible to disorders like these even if you workout regularly

There may be an upside to all of this gloom and doom though. America's so-called "sitting epidemic" has transformed the way we picture the workplace altogether, and inspired a slew of advanced ergonomic gadgets and designs that claim to reduce your risk of injuries and disorders. From the intuitive to the outlandish, here are a few of the inventions that just might become the workspaces of the future.

The Walkstation from office furniture innovator Steelcase allows the user to walk while doing work by attaching an elevated desk to a treadmill base. It costs a pretty penny, but if you have any doubts about its worth, the aforementioned dangers of sitting might help convince you. After all, you won't spend a single moment sitting with one of these at work.

True innovation often means upending convention. That's exactly what happened with The Twist Chair, which flips the user into a forward leaning position while supporting his or her shoulders and forehead. The designers reasoned that most people sitting in chairs lean more on the desk in front of them than they do the back of the chair, so they decided to make a chair to accommodate that position. The result might be more novel than practical, but it clearly shows outside-of-the-box thinking.

The Archipod garden office is a rustic-looking but tech-friendly outdoor workspace (that, might we add, resembles a colossal coconut). It's equipped with heat, internet jacks, electricity, and office furniture, and provides an alternative to the standard home office. The Archipod offers users a way to get "outdoors" without sacrificing the calm efficiency of a walled-in office. While you might not love the idea of a large, cedar sphere in your backyard, it sure beats working out of a cramped basement or at a windy picnic table. 

If you enjoy the outdoors but aren't ready to commit to a Garden Pod, this solar powered desk might make a suitable compromise. This mobile workstation fits on your terrace, patio, deck or dock, and is crowned with a solar panel that will keep you both shaded and powered up throughout the day. Plus, the modular seating panels allow users to work next to or across from one another. Now you can work outside virtually anywhere, while cutting the cord and your carbon footprint at the same time. Not bad for a piece of office furniture. 

One part cubicle, one part open desk, the Duplex Workspace Desk is the Transformer of office furniture. Fold down the shield to create an open, socially inviting environment; when you need to block out all distractions, just put up the hood and get to work. 

This eye-opening design concept gives new meaning to the word "desktop." Not yet in production, the iDesk would turn your entire desk into one massive touchscreen tablet, syncing with any iOS device just by setting the device on top of the table. It would even allow user to upload different skins to keep your office décor fresh. 

The makers of the Trio Sofa have fully embraced work-life balance with their latest design. This couch-workstation has 180-degree folding tabletops hidden in the arm rests, as well as another work surface that folds out from the couch's back to accommodate a laptop (and the TV remote). With its sharp lines, cushy seating, and multi-purpose functionality, the Trio would be at home in any den or office.