Treadmill Desks? See What the Buzz is All About

We’ve been discussing the impacts of prolonged sitting at work for some time now. While sit & stand desks and desk accessories have become imperative to helping people balance out their daily sit & stand routine, treadmill desks are not as popular but they are a viable option for those seeking to take their activity at the office to the next level.

Treadmill Desk Buzz

Here are some of the benefits of using a treadmill, according to a LifeSpan article:

Improves Mood & Reduces Stress

Exercise is a great way to release stress, whether work or non work related. Physical activity triggers our body to release endorphins which help us get into a positive mood. It can also help to reach your fitness goals since we spend majority of our day at work!

Fuels Creativity

A study conducted by Standford University; volunteers completed tasks while sedentary and while walking on a treadmill at a slow pace. On average, the volunteers using a treadmill were able to come up with 60% more different uses for their tasks compared to sitting. Creativity & exercise all in one!

Productivity Boost

Another study was done by University of Minnesota that indicated an increase in productivity and health for treadmill desk users. While there may be perceptions of the ability to walk a treadmill and focus could be difficult, this study suggests otherwise.

Promotes a Healthy Body

The “no brainer” here – walking helps us burn calories and stay in shape. So instead of waiting for the lunch break or the evening to take a stroll, you could get your steps in while working!

Lowers Blood Pressure

Walking (even at a light pace) helps increase blood flow which helps lower blood pressure. This is a huge health benefit for anyone suffering (or looking to prevent) high blood pressure.

Below you will find a response to a LifeSpan survey showing what type of improvement people saw by using the treadmill desk on an average of less than two hours a day:

Treadmill Desks Survey

Source: LifeSpan

There are even actual reviews of first experiences, like the one below:

The research and early adopters seem to be fairly satisfied with using a treadmill desk. Is this something that your workplace is considering for some of its employees? Would you consider walking at your desk?

Health and Happiness Matter at the Workplace

Organizations are catching onto the fact that healthy and happy employees are more productive! According to a recent study done by the popular fitness tracker brand Fitbit, 80% of CEOs see corporate wellness programs playing a key role in reducing stress at work (even more than social events).

The workplace is shifting towards a more active environment where employees are expected to be less sedentary and more active. This means that it may be time for your company to start thinking about ways in which to implement wellness into every workday.

However, this is no easy task. Getting leadership to invest into workplace wellness usually requires stone-cold facts to support the investment. Luckily Fitbit Wellness put together a helpful infographic full of such findings:

Workplace Wellness Survey

How to Balance Exercise, Work and Family

For majority of adults, incorporating any sort of exercise routine that will yield desirable results is often challenging. Most of a regular day is spent at work, and with the overwhelming popularity of sedentary jobs, few of us get the necessary activity required for a healthy lifestyle. The remaining time is often used to balance family, friends and responsibilities. Hence why it may be hard to stick to a serious exercise routine or achieve a long-term training goal.

Exercising at the Office - Balanced Lifestyle

Fortunately, we stumbled across great tips from the Mio blog to help you incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle:

If possible, add cardio to errands

  • If you’re going to the grocery store to grab a loaf of bread or need a haircut try walking or running instead of commuting. Pick and choose the errands that make most sense for your time and exercise goals.

Cycle to work

  • You’ve read that right: try cycling to work instead of driving. We spend a good chunk of our time getting to and from work, why not use it as exercise?

Work from home

  • Plenty of organizations are introducing telecommuting (or working from home). If you have such an option, use the time that would be allocated for commuting to fit in exercise.

Exercise while you work

  • Joining a webinar where you don’t have to speak? Have a longer than usual lunch break? All of these times can be used for exercising. Getting a group of co-workers together for lunch walks or runs is a great way to get everyone at the office moving.

Get up early

  • If you can make any extra time in the mornings before work or family responsibilities, add an exercise routine. It is a great way to get your body going for the rest of the day.

Involve the kids or family members

  • If you have kids make sure they are a part of your exercise schedule. They do not have to follow a rigorous training session, but they can walk, run or try other forms of activity suitable for their age. Same goes for parents, partners or siblings – find a common exercise that you can share together and get moving!

For a full list of tips visit Mio’s article here.