There’s a lot of talk about treadmill desks and standing workstations these days, but are they worth the cost?
I know that before I purchased my treadmill desk, I did a lot of research because it was not a small investment…
- How would I know if I could really type while walking?
- Would walking on a treadmill for hours tire me out?
- Would it really help relieve my back pain, burn calories or deliver the benefits that other people talk about?
I found this video very helpful in explaining not only the benefits of walking on a treadmill desk – but also the problems caused by too much sitting. I was pretty surprised actually. Check it out- it’s a good 10-minute watch.
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So what ended up making me switch to standup? I figured that if I could get a couple of the benefits that people were raving about that the change would be worth it.
Heck, it was actually just one. One of three:  ease my lower back pain so that I could sleep through the night  burn more calories throughout the day to make my thighs smaller or  improve my focus while working so that I could accomplish 8 hours worth of work in… 6 hours.
I personally won on all accounts, but that doesn’t mean that treadmill desks are right for everyone. Realistically, you won’t really know how it works for you until you try it for yourself. That said, there are a lot of people switching over and raving about the results.
In the book, “Get Up!”, Health Expert James Levine shares some interesting (and pretty scary) research on the effects of sitting too much.
Check Out this Information About Sitting Too Much:
If you are one of those people who goes to the gym for an hour a day, you may think you are doing your body a favor. However, if you then proceed to sit at a desk for 8 hours, that hard work and effort that you put into that workout you did is essentially null and void.
You are better off moving for longer periods of time throughout the day at a less intense rate. If you are trying to lose weight, you can actually achieve your goals by going to the gym less as long as you avoid the periods of sitting too long. (Check out the video above for the research stats and data.)
Sitting for prolonged periods on a regular basis can cause you to burn less calories, have a slower metabolism and lead to poor posture – can can in turn result in a build-up of tension, knots and soreness, especially for those with high-stress jobs.
If you look at today’s average office worker this information will probably not surprise you. However, most people don’t think about how easy it could be to solve many of today’s common health problems: stand up and step away from the desk!