If you've got a job where you spend most part of the sitting, either in office or at home, then you're in for trouble. According to a new study quoted in a British daily, every hour you spend sitting ups the risk of heart disease by almost 14 per cent. You could say sitting it's as bad as smoking. And if you keep it up over a long period of time, sitting could cause some serious heart ailments....more »
As Harry Potter fans will know, Hermione had a gadget entrepreneurs can only dream of – her Time Turner, a time-travelling device. This was a work of fiction but for the business owners always chasing their tails, all manner of tech innovations exist to make your life that little bit easier. Are you struggling to find the time to exercise, or even too busy to make a brew? Here are five gadgets we’ve picked out for the busy entrepreneur....more »
The treadmill desk is a new human–computer interaction (HCI) setup intended to reduce the time workers spend sitting. As most workers will not choose to spend their entire workday walking, this study investigated the short-term delayed effect of treadmill desk usage. An experiment was conducted in which participants either sat or walked while they read a text and received emails. Afterward, all participants performed a task to evaluate their attention and memory. Behavioral, neurophysiological, and perceptual evidence showed that participants who walked had a short-term increase in memory and attention, indicating that the use of a treadmill desk has a delayed effect. These findings suggest that the treadmill desk, in addition to having health benefits for workers, can also be beneficial for businesses by enhancing workforce performance....more »
There's a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It's a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking....more »
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Have you ever been stuck at work and can't get to the gym or sitting at your desk all day and can't shake that sedentary feeling? Here's some advice from 10TV's Jeff Hogan. He recently spoke with the New Albany Police Department radio room. Their dispatchers can't leave their posts at any time during their shifts, so they are getting a...more »
Desk jobs are slowly killing us. Perhaps even worse than dying early, our office-potato lives are making us more susceptible to joint pain, fatigue, and illness. To fight off these modern diseases, I use a treadmill desk, which keeps me in motion all day long....more »
Treadmill Workstations: The Effects of Walking while Working on Physical Activity and Work Performance
We conducted a 12-month-long experiment in a financial services company to study how the availability of treadmill workstations affects employees’ physical activity and work performance. We enlisted sedentary volunteers, half of whom received treadmill workstations during the first two months of the study and the rest in the seventh month of the study. Participants could operate the treadmills at speeds of 0–2 mph and could use a standard chair-desk arrangement at will. (a) Weekly online performance surveys were administered to participants and their supervisors, as well as to all other sedentary employees and their supervisors. Using within-person statistical analyses, we find that overall work performance, quality and quantity of performance, and interactions with coworkers improved as a result of adoption of treadmill workstations. (b) Participants were outfitted with accelerometers at the start of the study. We find that daily total physical activity increased as a result of the adoption of treadmill workstations....more »
Bill Seaver stands at his UpDesk most workday mornings, tapping away at his keyboard and manning the phones. The 37-year-old marketing consultant from Nashville, Tenn., bought the adjustable height desk for his home office about a year ago so he could move between sitting and standing whenever he felt like it. "I bought it to help ease my back pain," he...more »
While some workers head for the gym during their lunch break, others are now working out in the office.
The treadmill desk, which features a desk on top of a treadmill, is becoming increasingly popular in offices across the country, according to manufacturers who say their sales of the innovative exercise machine are going through the roof.
“Back in 2006, I found myself sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer for the entire day for the first time in my professional career,” says Jerry Carr, the president of TreadDesk. Carr created the first treadmill-desk hybrid for himself, after becoming dissatisfied with the amount of work he was able to accomplish on a regular treadmill.
“I built a desk over the top of the treadmill; that very first day, I walked about 8 miles and never felt better,” says Carr. This year, TreadDesk has already sold 4,000 units, which cost $855 for the treadmill and between $1,200 and $1,400 for the desks....more »
Click here to see Jerry Carr's interview on Fox Business News....more »
To Provide Office Workers the Opportunity to Walk While They Work.
"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!"