Treadmill desks make you healthier first and foremost simply by reducing the number of hours you spend sitting. Even if you work out every night for an hour, sitting down all day will put a significant damper on your progress. Have you ever wondered why you can’t drop that extra weight? It is because your body shuts down the second you sit down, and you are reversing everything you just worked so hard to burn off the night before. Most of us sit about 10 hours a day, and then we go to sleep. A treadmill desk breaks this habit and allows you to exercise gently without removing you from your everyday tasks. There is now a large number of options out there when it comes to treadmill workstations, we took some of the biggest names on the market for a test run and compiled our thoughts and opinions on each.
|LifeSpan TR1200-DT5||$1489||Visit Website||Read Full Review|
|LifeSpan TR800-DT5||$1318||Visit Website||Read Full Review|
|Exerpeutic 2000 WorkFit||$629||Visit Website||Read Full Review|
|Go Now Desk||$449||Visit Website||Read Full Review|
|LifeSpan TR1200-DT7||$1999||Visit Website||Read Full Review|
Treadmill desks and standing desks can be the gateway to a healthier life. You’ll feel energized, focused, and healthy. Imagine walking off that heavy feeling after lunch or adding some mileage to your day while on a conference call. When you feel healthy, it’s easier to eat right and to be motivated to exercise more.
A number of studies have shown that prolonged sitting at a desk could be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and early death. Doing no activity at all can be as dangerous as smoking. It’s reckoned that by replacing an office desk with a treadmill desk for 2-3 hours per day, the average person could lose 20-30kg per year. Simply walking less than 2mph while carrying out your regular office duties can burn an estimated 100-130 calories/hour. So it’s clear that using a treadmill desk can have massive health benefits.
To fit in more activity every day, standing desks are becoming more common. And another solution gaining popularity is a treadmill desk.
The idea of sitting down to work seems faintly old-fashioned to me now. I’ve been doing all my writing work at a treadmill desk the past 30 days, and while that’s too short a time to quantify any potential health benefit, the experience is certainly making me more productive.
I have lost weight since I have been using the treadmill desk, but I would not attribute that to the treadmill use alone and it isn’t really the point. The treadmill contributes but it is not a replacement for daily exercise; I have still been going to the gym.
Start taking all phone calls while standing. Make it a rule that if you’re on the phone, you’re on your feet. Do the same with texting, too. Clock your standing time, and monitor how much you sit. The numbers alone may convince you to adopt a new routine.
I turned my tread desk experiment into a bit of a competitive game with myself, early on, to see just how much distance I could cover while working during my busy training season (spring is when most of our clients are preparing for their own climbs). The highest daily total was nearly 17 miles. Most days I easily doubled my pre-tread desk totals, and on high computer-volume days, I would even triple it. All that moving means good things for calorie expenditure without a lot of extra time or effort, and I dropped at least 5 pounds and an inch from my waist.