Human beings are designed to move. Offices make us sedentary. Sitting all day can make us obese, unfocused, and unenergized.
“If sitting is to blame, standing is going to be the solution,” says Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic. He stands behind this assertion with his design for a walking treadmill desk.
The science behind the desk is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” (NEAT). NEAT is the process by which we burn calories during normal, non-exercise, daily activities. Dr. Levine says that walking at one mile per hour burns about 100 calories an hour. At this rate, if you walked an entire eight-hour day for a year you’d lose about 50 pounds.
Weight loss isn’t the only benefit of walking at work. In a Good Morning America interview, Dr. Levine said that moving all day makes you sharper, invigorated, and energized.
Your opportunity to move to a treadmill desk will obviously depend on your office situation. Here are some options for buying or building a treadmill desk:
- Steelcase Walkstation (about $4,000), Dr. Levine worked with Steelcase on this design
- TreadDesk, Inc. ($695.00 to $3,000.00, depending on options)
- The Walk N Work ($499.85)
- A Do-It-Yourself Treadmill Desk ($49.95)