Thinking on your feet: Desk treadmills offer health benefits to sedentary office workers
Like many millions of other office dwellers, Anne Rogers of Northampton used to spend her work days sitting at her desk for long stretches at a time. As she segued into middle age - she's 43 now - Rogers said she began putting on some extra pounds as her metabolism seemed to slow to a crawl. She'd also suffered from soreness and achiness in her lower back on and off for about 10 years, said Rogers, who is the systems manager at the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in Northampton. And so, two months ago, she took action. Now, a visitor to Rogers' office is apt to find her, more often than not, walking slowly on her TreadDesk, a combined treadmill plus desk that she bought from TreadDesk Inc., a company based in Fishers, Ind. The desk can be raised and lowered to change the height as needed. "I've done 3.76 miles today, so far," she told a visiting reporter one recent afternoon. And the readout on her treadmill said she'd burned 477 calories.
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"I've been using the TreadDesk for quite some time now and I can't say enough good things about it! The tread itself is quiet, responsive, compact, and sturdy. Working while standing up and walking has been an easy adjustment, and my base speed has increased steadily. I'm a college professor, and have spent the last twenty years sitting at my desk. I set up my computer at my TreadDesk so that when I'm working on it I'm standing or walking. I really wish I had this arrangement from the very beginning. I can't imagine ever going back!"