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The Skinny on Treadmill Desks

Burning calories while checking your email? When the treadmill desk hit the scene in 2013, it was the next stage in ergonomic, health conscious office furniture. Since then the controversial workstation alternative has become the latest craze in businesses across the county.

The Theory

The sedentary lifestyle of the typical office worker can lead to undesirable levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and weight gain. Regular physical exercise can mitigate that danger.

The Reported Benefits:

  • Users can burn up to 130 calories per hour at a slow 2mph pace.
  • In one study, subjects lost an average of 4-7.2 pounds over the course of one year.
  • Through daily use, users can decrease their risk for heart disease and diabetes, and extend their life expectancy.
  • Many users report increased productivity and focus, as well as reduced anxiety and stress.

Costs:

Treadmill desks vary in price depending on the manufacturer. On average a treadmill desk can cost anywhere from $800-$3,000. For those on a budget, you can make your own treadmill desk by combining an inexpensive treadmill (under $280) with either a standing desk or a desk with height adjustment features. Another great option is to invest in communal or shared treadmill desks.

What to Keep in Mind When Using a Treadmill Desk:

Give yourself breaks every 30 or 40 minutes — Dr. James Levine, one of the earliest developers of the treadmill desk, recommends “at the absolute maximum, do half-hour on, half an hour off, for two to three hours a day.”

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Posted by James Wilkie

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