As readers of the Xdesk blog, you are well aware of the benefits of standing desks, adjustable height desks, and now treadmill desks like the Xdesk Fit.
But believe it or not, some unlucky souls are not privy to the benefits of standing or moving while working and remain seated throughout their days.
Luckily, though, the media is doing its part in spreading the word about ergonomic workstations like standing desks, adjustable height desks, and treadmill desks.
The latest to cover the benefits of walking while working? NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
In a recent episode of Talk of the Nation, NPR host Neal Conan interviewed the writer Susan Orlean. As a writer, Orlean has struggled for years with the infamous “sitting syndrome.” That is, she has been forced to sit down all day while working—until recently.
Orlean switched to a treadmill desk, and in the interview speaks candidly with Neal Conan about her experience. She even comments about how much more energy she has after a day at the treadmill desk, compared to a traditional seated desk.
After the interview with Orlean, the host goes on to answer listener questions and hear feedback. As calls come in, it is clear that Orlean isn’t the only one with a positive experience from using a treadmill desk.
Here are five things that you can look forward to in switching to a treadmill desk, like the Xdesk Fit:
1) With a treadmill desk you can lose weight. It is predicted that by introducing just three more hours of walking a day, you can lose up to 50-70 pounds in a year, without restrictive dieting.
2) You can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and lower cholesterol. These diseases are often associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. By increasing your movement and the amount of time you spend walking, you can help combat these all-too-common killers.
3) Use a walking desk to help prevent other types of diseases. By walking, not only are you burning fat to lose weight and prevent heart and insulin problems, but you’re stimulating your body’s lymphatic and immune systems to ward off other diseases.
4) With a treadmill desk you can feel more alert and energetic. By walking, you’re increasing blood flow and oxygen to your brain and other vital parts of your body. In this way, these desks make you healthier and more alert and energetic at work and even after.
5) With a treadmill desk you can relieve back and leg pain. After a long day of sitting or standing in one spot, your back and legs might very well be protesting. Painfully!
With a walking desk, though, you can stay in motion and keep your muscles stretching and moving. This way, lactic acid won’t build up from staying still—you’ll feel more limber and comfortable than you’d imagine possible at the end of a workday.
And if that’s not incentive enough, click here to check out the full NPR interview.
What do you think about treadmill desks? What do you think about the interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation? Comment below and share your thoughts!