5 Office Fitness Challenge Ideas for Transforming Your Workplace
So you’ve already installed standing desks or maybe even treadmill desks in your office—great first step. But simply providing the resources doesn’t guarantee your employees will avail themselves of the new opportunity. The last thing an organization wants is to see the products they’ve invested in sit idly in a corner collecting dust. Or to never hear the hum of their standing desks moving up and down. It’s unfortunate that we’ve seen it happen—all too often.
How Sitting Affects Your Brain
You’ve probably already read articles connecting prolonged sitting with obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. But how about brain performance? This week, a UCLA study was published that found sedentary behavior a significant predictor of medial temporal lobe (MTL) thinning, which is the part of the brain responsible for storing and accessing memories.
DIY Standing Desk: Choosing The Right Base
Planning to build a sit-to-stand desk or treadmill desk with your own desktop lumber? There are some great options available. We'll take you through the pluses and minuses of each model. Understandably, DIY'ers are always looking to find the lowest cost option for any components they need to buy versus make. In the case of electric height-adjustable bases spending a little more, as a rule of thumb, is going to buy you a quieter, faster, heavier-lifting, more reliable desk base, a longer warranty period, and a longer "stroke" (total distance between top end and bottom end).
Standing Desk Comparison Reviews
By far the most populous category of sit-to-stand products, electric standing desks are powered by precision, linear motor drives and easily change in height with the press of a button. They have a distinct advantage over most manually-operated desks in speed, convenience, and performance, but tend to cost a little more than their crank-operated cousins. Nevertheless, with dozens to choose from spanning a wide range of capabilities, feature sets, and price tags, it remains the active workstation of choice for homes and offices across the country.
Treadmill Desk Reviews
Treadmill desks can come as integrated treadmill-plus-desk units or as mix-and-max setups that allow you to pair an office treadmill with the adjustable-height desk of your choice. Our expert review staff has reviewed them all, and in this comprehensive comparison review give you the synopsis on every popular treadmill desk option out there.
Made-in-America Standing Desk Reviews
When it comes to standing desks and standing desk converters, nothing beats made-in-America for component quality, precise machining tolerances, technology features, customer support and overall value over the lifetime of the product.
iMovR Lander Standing Desk Review
In keeping with their reputation as the most innovative standing desk manufacturer, Seattle-based iMovR spent more than two years developing the Lander Desk. Their simple aim: to eliminate the #1 hesitation people have about switching to a standing desk, the hassle of assembling a 200 lb. desk by themselves (or finding someone to help them put it together), and the fear of a highly inconvenient disruption to their work should anything go wrong during assembly (hassles of dealing with warranty repair, shipping parts back and forth, loss of the use of their desk in the interim, etc.).
iMovR Cascade Standing Desk Review
The iMovR Freedom™ standing desk line is what the market has been waiting for – a quality American-made option that is priced competitively with popular standing desks built on commodity Chinese-made bases. The Cascade is identical in every other way to iMovR’s more conventionally-topped sister product, the Energize, but builds in their patented SteadyType™ keyboard tray for the most ergonomically advanced standing desk experience on the market. Toss in the litany of customizable options iMovR is known for (over 3,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone can be ordered online), and here is a desk you can cater to your needs and count on for years of reliable, stable, and quiet operation.
iMovR Energize Standing Desk Review
The iMovR Freedom™ standing desk line shines by offering what, up to this point, has been missing on the market – a quality American-made option priced competitively with popular standing desks built on commodity Chinese-made bases. The Energize is a twin in nearly every way to iMovR’s SteadyType™ equipped Cascade Standing Desk, but offers a flat-surfaced 3D-laminated tabletop, and even more sizing options than the Cascade, including a compact 24” depth and two options for tabletop thickness. Toss in the wide array of customizable options iMovR is known for (over 3,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone), and the iMovR Energize takes over the mantle from the sunsetting iMovR Uptown [...]
If you're in the market for an adjustable-height desk and are willing to put in 20 seconds of elbow grease each time you want to switch from sitting to standing, then a manual desk will save you some coin. Unlike the more common electric-adjustable standing desks, manually-operated desks change height without motors, electronics or power cords. This makes manual desks slightly more affordable than electric models. The only tradeoff is that manual desks are generally slower to adjust and require more effort from the user to lift and lower.
As with any category, there is a spectrum of quality among the different available products, with a few standouts that rise above the rest. We've [...]