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By this point most of us are aware with the studies showing that prolonged periods of sitting can have detrimental effects on our health. Numerous publications and research have even gone so far as to label sitting as the new smoking, emphasising that extended sitting can lead to a higher risk of certain cancers, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

A big factor contributing to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles is technology. It has introduced more passive forms of transportation, led to a rise in desk jobs, and created additional activities that involve sitting, e.g., watching television, browsing the internet (we’re not trying to get personal), the internet, playing video games, etc.

In fact, sedentary jobs have risen by 83% since 1950, and physically active jobs now constitute for only around 25% of the workforce, a 50% decrease compared to 1950. Furthermore, our average work week has become longer, with the average person working 47 hours per week – 164 more hours annually than just two decades ago.

So what can we do about it?

To combat the negative impacts of extended sitting (sometimes referred to as the sitting disease) the answer is pretty straightforward...

Incorporate more movement into your daily routine.

Giving that a considerable portion of our sedentary life is spent sitting at work, integrating a walking workstation into your office can be an excellent way to enhance your daily physical activity while simultaneously reducing the time you spend seated.

Life's short. Live longer.

Many of us are working from home more and doing office jobs that mean we're less active and putting our health at risk.

  • Steps per day is the minimum recommended amount by leading health experts for adults to reduce the risk of related illness.

  • Just 1 hour walking at a moderate pace on a desk treadmill will achieve 5,000+ steps - it's that easy.

  • Most adults will burn around 500 calories per day by walking 10,000 steps, leading to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

How can a walking treadmill desk help?

Besides being the envy of the office, other treadmill desk benefits include: improvements in mental health, physical wellness, and job performance.

A walking treadmill desk can help in the following ways:

Improves your mood and reduces stress

Regular exercise can help boost your mood and subsequently decrease anxiety through the brains release of endorphins in your body. These endorphins reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in your body similar to the effects of opiates. Psychologically, exercise can also increase your confidence by allowing you to reach certain fitness/health goals as well as provide a distraction from your worries.

Increases creativity

Studies have shown that exercise is directly linked to creativity. Research conducted at Standford University had volunteers complete a test involving tasks like rapidly coming up with alternative uses for common objects, such as a button. They were then asked to complete a similar exam while simultaneously walking on a treadmill at a slow comfortable pace. From this they were able to conclude that almost every student preformed substantially better. On average, the subjects were able to come up with 60% more uses for the object when walking rather than sitting.

Reduces the risk of and helps manage type 2 diabetes

Individuals living with type 2 diabetes have too much glucose in their blood, either because their body doesn’t produce enough insulin to process it, or because their body doesn’t use insulin properly. Either way, exercise can help reduce blood glucose levels and also help people with type 2 diabetes avoid long-term complications.

Increases productivity

Research conducted by the University of Minnesota (UMN) and published in the journal Obesity analyzed the effects of walking on a treadmill throughout the workday. They concluded that the work performance of people who used a treadmill desk for a year didn't decline after a very brief, initial adjustment to the change. In fact, the study found that both overall employee productivity and health improved. Stating that work quality, mental performance and time management all improved on days when employees exercised.

Promotes a healthy body weight

Walking, like other forms of exercise, burns calories. Albeit not as many calories as running or biking burns, but walking still requires energy and therefore provides a calorie burn. For weight loss, increasing your intensity level, increasing incline level or walking for longer duration's will burn more calories. However, when using a walking workstation for the first time, you'll want to start out slow and gradually increase your speed and walking duration over a couple weeks time.

Lowers blood pressure

Like other forms of exercise, walking helps increase blood flow which in return decreases blood pressure. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, people with high blood pressure (hypertension) have lower blood pressure readings for up to 22 hours following a single walking session. For individuals that incorporate walking into their daily schedule, they may see decreases as high as 5 to 10 mmHg in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.

Helps maintain strong bones

Weight-bearing exercises where you are working against gravity while staying upright are one of the best ways to build up and maintain bone density. These can be either high-impact or low-impact exercises. Examples of high-impact weight-bearing exercises include: dancing, jogging, running, jumping rope, etc.; and examples of low-impact weight-bearing exercises include: walking, hiking, using an elliptical or stair stepper machine, low-impact aerobics, etc..

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