Getting Healthy with Treadmill and Adjustable Standing Desks
Standing Desks are popping up all over the country as a healthy answer to our sedentary lifestyle. Ergonomic adjustable standing desks are perfect for integrating a healthy treadmill into your office. But it is a new idea and many people don’t understand what circumstances are right for this kind of change. When is an ergonomic adjustable standing desk working enough, and when should you consider getting a treadmill desk for your work environment?
A treadmill desk lets you work on your computer while walking to maximize physical health and energy. Our species evolved to walk long distances, so walking at work is a natural remedy to the health risks of sitting for too long. You are supposed to walk between one (1) and one point five (1.5) miles per hour on most models, which is a very moderate pace. Moving amplifies the benefits of standing while working, keeping you energized and thinking clearly, and obviously means you aren’t sitting, which has its own, well-documented health risks. And scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that treadmill desks are effective at helping people focus and feel better at work.
But there are drawbacks to elevating ergonomic adjustable standing desks to a walking height. First off, if you are in terrible physical shape, walking all day makes working more difficult. It is tiring, you will be achy for the first few days until the body adjusts, and the physical movement and discomfort make writing and typing more challenging. A relatively healthy person won’t have the problems, especially because you are supposed to walk slowly enough that it isn’t disruptive.
Secondly, most people cannot spend all day walking. Your body will get tired, especially when you first start walking at work. You will have to turn off the treadmill to rest some, especially if you have to do something that requires very fine motor skills. When you are still adjusting to increased physical activity, the extra exercise can tire you out and make you feel less productive. So you need to plan how you will use the treadmill strategically, especially in the first month.
Lastly, they are large. Even with a versatile adjustable standing desk, you need space in your office to accommodate the treadmill, and understanding from your boss and coworkers if you are in an office.
Considering these basic benefits and downsides, if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk and have the money and space, combining ergonomic adjustable standing desks with a treadmill for a healthier work environment can have significant health benefits for you.