Office Workers Using Treadmill Desk

Published Date: November 19th, 2012

Looking at the fitness of the office workers some companies of the US have begun experimenting with treadmill desks. A big question has arised will health-conscious office workers soon be skipping hitting the gym for an extended shift at the desk?

NPR's Patti Neighmond made a conversion to the treadmill by first converting her sitting desk into a standing desk and after getting habituated to standing, she installed a "discreet" treadmill, without handrails, below the standing desk.

"I'm into my second week now and walking at a pretty slow, casual pace, about 1.4 miles an hour," Neighmond writes. "When I first started, I thought I'd simply hop on the treadmill and be off walking all day while working. But it turns out it's really hard to walk, talk, think and concentrate."

According to a report of The New York Times on Salo, Last year a Minnesota-based financial consulting company tried a similar experiment with some of its employees and resulted positive both for employee health and for the company's financial bottom line: During the six months that Salo took part in a Mayo Clinic treadmill desk study, the firm experienced record earnings.

"Remarkable," Salo director of operations Craig Dexheimer told NPR. "We didn't even go to a gym. We just went to work!" Using the treadmill desk Dexheimer lost 25 pounds.

You can buy a treadmill desk, which typically costs several hundred dollars and convert it into a treadmill desk with the help of many websites available in the internet.

Still, the doctor who headed up the Mayo Clinic study says you shouldn't jump right into running a minimarathon each day at work.

"There's a tendency to want to jump on the treadmill and walk for hours and hours a day," Dr. James Levine told NPR. "Don't do that. Certainly, at the absolute maximum, do half-hour on, half an hour off, for two to three hours a day."


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