It’s no secret; sitting behind a desk for hours during the day does take a toll on your physical health. Sitting for prolonged hours has been declared as unhealthy as smoking, yet millions of workers spend 8-10 hours out of the day behind their desks every day.
For employees all over the world, the health risks that come with prolonged sitting are a reality they have to accept; their jobs require them to work on a computer, which usually means that they spend much of their day sitting down.
But that doesn’t have to be the case if you don’t want it to be.
Treadmill desks have been touted as the healthier alternative to traditional office desks. More and more employees are embracing treadmill desks and giving their bodies the break they need during the course of the day.
Here’s how treadmill desks help you lead healthier lives:
They Promote Weight Loss
When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. As part of a small study, 15 obese employees were asked to use a treadmill desk at just 1 mile per hour; they lost 100 each hour. Had they continued to use the desk 2-3 hours a day, they could have lost 44-66 pounds in a year provided that they ate a healthy diet.
The weight loss goals that we’ve been struggling to achieve can be reached easily if we replace our sitting time with active movement—that’s why a treadmill desk is so useful.
They Prevent Heart Failure
From research, we know that inactivity in our daily lives leads to cardiovascular disease. The lack of physical activity has become the leading cause of heart disease amongst men and women over the age of 30.
Just an hour of physical activity a day reduces the risk of heart failure by 46%! Walking on a treadmill as you work can reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
Walking on a treadmill assures you that you’re meeting your fitness requirements.
Using a Treadmill at Work
A treadmill desk in the workplace will allow you to become healthier, provided that you use it correctly.
To get the most out of a treadmill desk, you need to be on it 2-3 times during the day for at least 20 minutes. Tasks that require higher levels of concentration should probably be completed off the treadmill.
Also, employees will need to make sure that they are wearing appropriate shoes when walking/jogging on the treadmill.
With time, employees should feel healthier and happier and be more productive.
Ready to transform your workplace?
We offer a wide collection of all-wooden standing desks, sit-stand executive desks, treadmill desks, and drafting tables. We can even create customized desks for you. Contact us at (330) 807-1956 for more information.