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.
Best Standing Desks 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.
Best 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.
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).
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.
Foot Rest Comparison Reviews
A perfect footrest can help prevent blood pooling in the legs, improve circulation, and make your chair more comfortable, but is it any use with a standing desk? Read through our footrest reviews to see which one is the best for both sitting and standing.
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 [...]
Under Desk Treadmill Base Reviews
While the jury-rigged DIY treadmill desk may have been the best option in the past for someone with a running treadmill just collecting dust in the attic, and possessing of good garage workshop hacking skills, the office fitness industry has now caught up with demand by offering a wide array of quality products all across the price spectrum. We've compiled the specs of all the major treadmill desks on the market today, to easily compare them against each other so you can find the right treadmill for your walking workstation. For a comprehensive review of the many desk options for pairing with a walking base, see our Comparison Review of Adjustable-Height Standing Desks.
Best Standing Mat Reviews
Searching for the right anti-fatigue mat for your standing desk brings forth a daunting paradox of choice. They come in all sizes, colors, and quality of construction. Having analyzed many and written more fully-detailed product reviews on various standing mat offerings than any other expert review site, our simple advice to the reader is this: First figure out what quality level best suits your needs, then narrow down your choice of size, color, and shape. Read our full guide on anti-fatigue floor mats to choose the best standing desk mat for your office.