Are Treadmill Desks the Solution To Sedentary Lifestyles?
You may have heard before, that sedentary lifestyles can be horrible for long-term health. There’s really no question about it, sitting for lengthy periods of time, day in and day out, is not only going to influence your body composition, but your health status as well.
Those who spend hours sitting each day are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, as well as diabetes. And this doesn't even begin to touch upon the joint and muscle soreness that often comes from remaining motionless for so long each day or the fact that leading such a sedentary lifestyle can actually shorten your overall lifespan.
But, if you work at an office job, what can be done? You can’t quit your job to be more active, so you may feel trapped. You can try and walk up the stairs more often as you go about your day or park and walk as you come and leave the office, but that still doesn't discount for the fact that for most of 8 hours or more per day, you are sitting!
Now however, there is an alternate solution.
The treadmill desk is catching on rapidly among office workers who are looking to take control over their health. Now, you can reap the benefits too.
Here’s some information to know about this latest invention.
What the Treadmill Desk Is
For those who aren't familiar with this concept, the treadmill desk is similar to a normal treadmill only it doubles as a work desk. Hence, it essentially helps users keep moving throughout the workday when they would normally be sitting.
A comfortable walking pace is typically used and the function of the desk allows work to continue to take place.
Where to Buy a Treadmill Desk
There are many companies now selling complete treadmill desks, although most can be expensive. Think $1,000 as a starting point. A better alternative is to build your own. DIY instructions for treadmill desks have been published on multiple blogs with easy to follow pic by pic instructions.
Etsy is also a source of several low cost, ready to go treadmill desk mounts. All that is needed is a treadmill. Craigslist will have many used treadmills in your area. Used Treadmills will often be all you need, as a treadmill desk only needs to support a slow walking pace.
Low budget treadmills, such as the highly reviewed Sole F63, are another option. Look for base models with high reviews, and you'll be set.
How the Treadmill Desk Helps
The treadmill desk will help in multiple ways. First, it’ll dramatically help increase your total calorie burn. Sitting for 8 hours each weekday burns very few calories, but if you are walking at even a slow pace of 2 miles per hour, you’ll burn over 1000 additional calories by the time the day is over.
For those seeking weight control, this benefit cannot be understated.
Additionally, since you are no longer going to be sedentary for so long, you will experience a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, as well as improve blood circulation and better posture.
One surprising benefit that may people may not realize as well is that using a treadmill desk will also provide a great boost to your focus and concentration as well as it’ll improve blood flow to the brain. Sitting for an extended period of time often results in sluggish mental processing and this is, in part, why so many are switching to walking during work.
Need to Know
Now, there are a few key things to know about treadmill desks before you get started. First, work your way up to walking for longer periods of time. Don’t attempt to hop on and walk for 8 hours straight the first day. Do that and you’ll be placing a high level of stress your body isn't used to on your muscles, joints, and central nervous system.
In addition to this, while treadmill desks are great for improving your health, it isn’t going to do that much to improve your fitness. Since you will be walking at a slower pace, it won’t increase your cardiovascular fitness level like interval training and it won’t increase muscular strength comparable to a strength training program.
So for this reason, definitely do use the treadmill desk, but realize it’s still not designed to be a complete replacement for a properly planned workout program.
From a health standpoint however, the treadmill desk will dramatically boost the health of anyone who uses it, starting from the very first week of use. New research suggests, even following recommended amounts of strenuous exercise each week can't replace the negative affect of a sedentary lifestyle.
About Shannon Clark
Shannon Clark has a degree in Exercise Science and is an AFLCA certified personal trainer. She has written on the topics of health, fitness and nutrition for the last 8 years. Her insights are regularly published on bodybuilding.com, askmen.com and FitRated.com. FitRated is a leading fitness equipment review site offering insights on treadmills, ellipticals and less-traditional options like the Bowflex TreadClimber, as well as home gyms.