Offices aren’t known for being the healthiest of places.
One of the biggest offenders is the nature of today’s office work. Plenty of Americans spend 8 hours a day sitting in a cubicle staring at a computer screen. The only parts of their body getting any sort of exercise are their fingers when entering Facebook updates … err … financial reports, or their legs when they get up for the occasional bathroom or coffee break.
Before you reach for another Boston Cream to munch on while mulling the futility of trying to lose weight, here’s an encouraging word: there are ways you can burn those 100 calories without spending an extra hour at the gym every night. The answer may be right in front of you (literally).
Just check out these desks:
1. The Cantilevered Sit-Down Stand-up Desk
Its simple design doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for family photos or silly knick knacks, but sometimes, less is more. This rolling desk, by Etsy seller dniceboater, features two work surfaces to hold your laptop and a cup holder, and can be custom-made to suit your needs.
2. Connect-A-Desk Laptop Holder
There’s no need for you to be tethered to a desk when you can tether the desk to you. The Connect-A-Desk Laptop Holder is the Baby Bjorn of laptop carriers; the adjustable harness holds your laptop at waist height so you can stay mobile while doing your work. Matching fanny pack not included.
3. Laptop Tower LT – by Ursula Maier
It might look like a file cabinet, but the Laptop Tower LT does much more than hold paper. This space-saving standup desk offers a pull-out laptop shelf with mouse pad and lighting; shelves and sockets that can accommodate printers and projectors; and drawers for more storage.
4. Treadmill Desks
You might have read about these innovative desks right here on Arnolds, but we thought they’d be worth mentioning again. The desks are simply raised high enough so that someone can work comfortably while walking slowly (think 1 to 2 miles per hour) on a treadmill. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic found that his research subject burned an extra 100 calories an hour working at a treadmill desk instead of sitting in a chair. It really does put the “work” in workout.
5. Ergonomic Ball Chair
OK, so it’s not technically a desk, but you can use it along with your desk to help keep your weight in check. This chair features an inflatable exercise ball that improves posture, relieves back pain and strengthens your abdominal muscles. You could just buy an exercise ball, but we love that the chair comes with it’s own wheeled stand to help prevent it from rolling away from your desk.