Using a Treadmill at Work

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have a desk job, you know the negative health effects that sitting for the entire day can have on the body. Not only do desk job workers have a high rate of injuries such as back problems and neck strain, but sitting motionless for hours on end does terrible things to the body’s metabolism.

Going 8-9 hours without physical activity makes it very difficult to control weight gain. The problem is that muscle burns calories at a much higher rate than fat. By sitting at a desk the whole day, muscles can atrophy, and fat can increase. Because calories are not burned, it becomes very easy to pack on the pounds.

To counteract the negative health effects of desk jobs, many experts suggest trying to take frequent walk breaks at work. These breaks can be at every hour or two and go a long way to maintaining metabolism. Not only does this help to prevent muscle atrophy, but it also helps to stretch out and strengthen the back, neck, and shoulders which are generally hunched over when sitting. There’s no doubt that walking helps; however, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to walk AND work at the same time? It just so happens that there is a way to do this: the treadmill workstation.

A more radical way to ensure a slim waste line than walking every few hours at work is to try to desk treadmill. That’s right – instead of sitting at a desk chair, people actually work while walking on a treadmill – it’s the ultimate combination of exercise and typing at computers and making phone calls. You could participate in an hour-long conference call, and during that time, burn over 100 calories. I don’t think there is any need to focus on speed; just get into a good rhythm and let your leg muscles go to work.

It’s obviously not for everyone, but I know two other individuals who use treadmill workstations at least part of the day and they both say that they never felt better. Whether a treadmill workstation is a good idea for you depends on your line of work and also your motivation to stay fit. Of course, you also would probably have to endure some strange looks and comments, but most of us runners are used to that!

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