When Dr. James Levine’s first book, Move a Little, Lose a Lot, hit the shelves in 2009, it had tectonic implications on our understanding of sitting disease and what we needed to do to address our nation’s new leading cause of premature death. The book introduced Dr. Levine’s concept of non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT for short. NEAT is the class of activity that yields positive health results through frequent low-intensity movement, such as from using a standing desk or treadmill desk. Speaking personally, Move a Little, Lose a Lot changed my life, my livelihood, and my entire sense of life purpose. So, yes, I went into Dr. Levine’s new book, Get Up! Why Your [...]
[Editor’s Note: This article was contributed by iMovR’s Taylor Eidsmoe, an exercise physiologist by background, who helps her clients develop an office fitness regimen for success every day.]
Yes, we’re still talking about New Year’s resolutions in February! Why? Because for a very large statistical segment of the population, they’ve already given up hope for success by the end of January. If you’ve gone past the headline of this article, you’re obviously still interested in succeeding!
The most common reason we often fall short of our New Year’s resolutions is that we tend to jump into something that isn’t realistic for our current lifestyle. So how can we take this [...]
If you operate a business, or earn a significant portion of your living working from your home office, your acquisition of a standing desk or treadmill workstation is very likely a tax deductible expense. Consult your tax or accounting adviser to verify, but there may be a very strong incentive to purchase a treadmill desk system before the end of the year depending on your situation.Expiring Soon – IRS Section 179 Tax Benefit for Office Equipment
Businesses have significant reasons to acquire and install capital equipment before the end of this year, thanks to Section 179 of the Tax Code. For the current tax year, Section 179 has been dramatically increased to $500,000 [...]
By some estimates there are hundreds of thousands of treadmill desks in the wild today, and most certainly there are over 100,000 commercially produced office treadmill bases that have been sold since 2007. The rest? DIY-hacked running treadmills paired with either a commercially-produced, adjustable-height desk or some kind of home-built raised desk surface.
But with all the new, state-of-the-art treadmill desks available today featuring all-digital consoles, whisper-quiet motors and far better ergonomics, there’s a lot of upgrading going on. The upshot is that it isn’t all that easy to get rid of an early model treadmill desk, much less get any value out of it. [...]
April 15th is upon us. Whether you’re debating which sit-stand desk or treadmill desk model to spend your tax refund on or thinking of ways to reduce your next tax bill by investing in new office equipment, now is as good a time as any to take the plunge. If you operate a business or earn a significant portion of your living working from your home office, your purchase of a standing desk or treadmill workstation is likely to be 100% tax deductible.
Of course, it’s always best to verify this with your own qualified tax professional. Here are some additional things to ask about if you’re looking to acquire office-fitness equipment as a business:IRS Section [...]
This week ergonomists from across the globe gathered at Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino to participate in the largest and longest-running ergonomics conference on the continent. It’s an annual tradition for our editorial team at WorkWhileWalking & WorkWhileStanding, so we packed up our bags and flew to the Entertainment Capital of the World, landing in time for the beginning of the conference Tuesday.
The Expo was held in the Octavius Ballroom, a magnificent Romanesque space decorated with hanging lamps and white pillars–and as we made our way around the room this year, the sheer number of people present impressed us. [...]
Big news from Westin Hotels and iMovR today. As industry watchers we’re thrilled to report to our readers about this first hotel to offer a treadmill desk right in the guest room. We may be biased given our advocacy for office fitness, but we applaud Westin’s foresight in offering such a practical amenity to their guests. It is sure to become very popular with business travelers, in particular.
According to iMovR’s press release, the six month pilot program has begun with the Westin Chicago River North property, which [...]
We’ve previously written about whether employers will stop hiring overweight employees or the likelihood of employees bringing “sitting lawsuits” against their companies.” Since then, there’s been no shortage of media coverage about the inherent conflict between incentivizing employees to live a healthier lifestyle and discriminating against those who feel that it’s their protected right to choose not to submit to medical assessments, see the doctor, join a gym, or wear a FitBit all day. Two stories by NPR’s Yuki Noguchi caught our eye in particular, and are well worth a read if you’re interested in this topic: “When Are Employee [...]
If laughter is the best medicine then watching funny health motivation videos might be the very best therapy for breaking out of our sedentary habits. At the very least, it’s a fun diversion to share around your office. Some of these videos are informational, some are just plain weird, but all of them made us laugh. In no particular order, allow us to present:1. iMovR: ZipLift 2. iMovR: War on Sitting
Kicking off our list is this video from iMovR’s Upsilon Standing Desk Kickstarter, which we reviewed. It depicts a world where sitting is literally the new smoking as the Surgeon General requires warnings printed on chairs à la [...]
At the intersection of office furniture, fitness equipment, self-help, weight loss, physical therapy, and personal performance tracking apps and devices there’s a new industry category, newly dubbed “Office Fitness,” that has emerged to stand on its own. Within it are products like standing desks, treadmill desks, sit-to-stand desktop risers, sit-to-stand meeting tables and numerous ergonomic accessories.
It’s hard to put a finger on how large this sector is but it’s clearly growing at an impressive rate, both in terms of buyers and suppliers. We see new vendors and new products popping up almost daily in this category. Hundreds of [...]
That was the evocative headline of an article by corporate wellness guru Kirsi Paalanen in today’s Huffington Post. We wrote a blog post on a related subject last year entitled “Will Employers Stop Hiring Overweight Workers?”, but Paakanen takes this discussion to a whole new level, while pointing out the mounting evidence that treadmill desks have been found to significantly improve worker health and productivity.
We’re not sure we’re ready to sign on to the notion that employers will sue overweight employees, but if the past decade’s experience in Europe is any guide, employers may find themselves on the receiving end of lawsuits from [...]
America’s office workers are suffering from a staggering increase in health issues – mostly related to “sitting disease” – leading to a surge in corporate wellness programs being launched throughout our major corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Despite billions spent on incentive programs to get employees to take better care of themselves, these adverse health trends have not reversed themselves. Yes, there have been some measurable improvements – a reduction in emergency room visits for example – but health care costs for America’s employers, and out-of-pocket costs for America’s employees continue to soar. Let’s examine why.The True Cost of [...]
Academic studies of treadmill desk usage have collated metabolic metrics on everything from cholesterol, triglycerides, and A1C hemoglobin (blood sugar) to blood pressure, caloric burn, and even weight loss, but meaningful measurements of productivity improvement are much harder to devise. We know of one study currently being undertaken by the University of Mississippi to measure core employee productivity – looking at work hours and absenteeism among employees with chronic back pain and other issues, for example – which will certainly stand on its own in any employer’s ROI analysis, and we look forward to seeing the results of the completed study.
But the other kind of [...]
This blog post comes to us courtesy of Summer McGee, an associate professor of public management at the University of New Haven’s business school. McGee originally wrote the piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and kindly gave us permission to share it on our blog. Check through for Summer’s steps toward treadmill desking, and her thoughts on her new workstation.
I am writing this essay at 1.7 m.p.h. No, I do not mean “w.p.m.” (words per minute). I now measure my daily productivity as an academic in terms of speed, calories, and steps.
As scholars and teachers, we usually calculate our progress in terms of the number of words written in a [...]
We get a lot of inquiries from prospective and experienced treadmill deskers both, looking for the best articles to share with their employers or colleagues, to convince them it would be a good idea to invest in the equipment. Citing well-known celebrity treadmill desk users is one thing, but to be convinced many folks will want to read about credible organizations that have employed walking workstations, in they want to read about it in credible publications. We compiled our favorite articles here, in no particular order:1. Treadmill Desks Don’t Affect Work Quality– Scott Douglas (Runner’s World)
First on our list is this article from Runner’s [...]
Hostile courtrooms and derogatory jokes aren’t the only threats to a lawyer’s wellbeing. Sitting disease might not sound like a major threat in the context of such a stressful profession, but attorneys should sit – or better, stand – up and take notice. Chairs can kill, and lawyers spend an awful lot of time in them.
Plenty of professionals end a workday with a well-worn rear, but lawyers may be among the most deskbound workers around. An average attorney’s day consists of an incredible amount of information processing – both on screen and on paper. That’s par for the course these days, as so many [...]
If you take a moment to check treadmill desk demographics, you’ll quickly notice that a few professions are more likely to take the step. Lawyers are right near the top, as are IT workers, engineers and…romance authors?
One of these things is not like the others.
But that’s the solemn, steamy truth – romance authors love treadmill desks. And, if you think about it, it makes sense. Most romance authors work from home, many hover around middle age, and we could see how writing about hard-bodied protagonists might prompt some thoughts on personal fitness. Not only that, but many of [...]
Many thanks to Carolyn Crane, our most recent contributor to the Water Cooler. A popular romance and fantasy author, Carolyn has been desking for a little under a month, and graciously allowed us to post an account of her first walking week. Head over to her personal website to check for updates or learn more about her writing.
So I recently got a new treadmill desk, and I wanted to talk about it, because it’s kind of fun and exciting and also, a lot of people have been asking me about it.
I got the idea from my BFF Jeffe Kennedy, who has written about her desk here. I was talking with her just before Christmas and she told me how many miles she puts on it a day. [...]
This year’s ErgoExpo show evidenced an explosive growth occurring in ergonomic products, with some 200 exhibitors showing off their latest models of adjustable height desks, treadmill desks, desktop risers, monitor arms, ergonomic keyboards, keyboard trays, a wide assortment of ergonomic mice, pointing devices, posture remedies, and the plethora of ergonomic chairs we’ve come to expect from the expo.
One of the most exciting new categories is the leaning chair – which places users somewhere in between a standing and sitting position, a posture that is remarkably comfortable and easy on the lower back. Started by the design geniuses behind Focal [...]
Many health insurance carriers have funds that employers can tap for purchases of products and services that promote the wellness of their employees – for free. Rules vary from carrier to carrier, and you’ll want to confirm in advance – but items like treadmill desk workstations and standing desks are usually approved for purchase. Hurry, though! Any funds not used before the end of the year are usually forfeited.
The Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) also has a provision for small businesses to gain access to similar funds for improving employee wellness, at no cost to the business.
Contact your insurance carrier or broker now to see if [...]
It’s a good thing when fads are questioned. Give some thought to any 2013 pop phenomenon, and you’ll probably agree. Skepticism is even more important in the workplace. Jump on the bandwagon out of the office, and you may find yourself going home with today’s equivalent of the Furby. Do it in the office, and you could be endangering more than your dignity.
So it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we’ve been seeing some backlash against standing and treadmill desks. There’s no denying that standing and treadmill workstations have been enjoying a boom in American workplaces of late, and some people have begun to question whether or not they hold water as an office [...]
Manufacturers in the treadmill desk sector basically fall into two categories: treadmill makers and furniture makers. Good treadmill makers are rarely good furniture makers, and the desk component will likely be just an afterthought: Manufacturers will often slap on an optional desk that’s aesthetically, if not literally, attached to their treadmill bases. In terms of price, utility, ergonomics, and aesthetics, these second-rate “desks” aren’t as good as the real deal, so we pretty much always recommend that treadmill desk users customize their ideal workstation by selecting the best treadmill base and pairing it with the best adjustable height desk for their [...]
We frequently hear from employees of large corporations, educational institutions and government agencies who report that their legal department has put the kibosh on their request for a treadmill desk. This knee-jerk reaction most often seems rooted in misconceptions gained from watching YouTube ‘FAIL’ videos of high school kids flying off running treadmills at top speed. Funny skits where users set their treadmill desks to absurd running speeds only to fly off and smack into a wall for the sake of some guffaws have unfortunately done a great disservice to employees who would like to use a treadmill desk in their office, only to be blocked [...]
This new Water Cooler post comes courtesy of Nancy Herkness, a New Jersey-based romance author and walking writer. Nancy kindly sent us an account of her first trip on a treadmill desk – read on for her findings. If you’d like to see more from Nancy, drop by her personal website.
I took my maiden voyage on my DIY treadmill desk last night and thought you might want a report on whether it worked or not.
Time: 78 minutes
Distance: 1.9 miles
Speed: 1.2 – 1.5 mph
Words written: 1,063
Calories burned: 235
I got so lost in the story, I forgot I was walking until about 55 minutes had passed, at [...]
Recently some of the social media groups that librarians congregate in online have been all atwitter with the debate about whether treadmill desks belong in libraries. For such a well-read group we were frankly a little surprised at the clashing of mythology versus fact, reading some of these posts, so we thought we might try to shed a little truth on the subject…
Sure, at first blush, treadmill desks may not seem a perfect fit for the classic conception of a library. Then again, the modern reality of libraries isn’t exactly a perfect fit for it either – infinite bookshelves and musty quiet are being replaced with digital workstations and the casual ambience of an [...]
Once considered a freakish oddity, treadmill desks have begun to be broadly accepted in the offices of Corporate America and are well on their way to becoming a mainstream substitute for the conventional desk.The Risks of Sitting
With modern-day “desk sentences” the norm as the majority of our work is done in front of a computer screen, we’re burning several thousand calories less every week than our grandparents used to. The incidence of so-called sitting disease continues to rise, practically in lock-step with the rampant increase in obesity and diabetes, especially among office workers.
As more cowboys have hung up their saddles and grabbed a chair to [...]
Epigenetics? On a treadmill desk site? Talk about a collision of esoteric subjects, but stick with me for some truly fascinating – and sobering – health science.
Those of you blessed with a solid scientific background (and anyone who wants to skip to the good bits) should feel free to continue down to the last couple of paragraphs. If you’re a bit more interested in theory, stick around, we’ve done the heavy googling for you; welcome to freshman genetics. It all comes down to genes. More specifically, it all comes down to the DNA sequence of said genes.The Building Blocks
DNA really is everything. It’s astounding how much information these double-helical wonders [...]
This year’s NEOCON show – the pre-eminent national trade show for all things office furniture that is held annually in Chicago – offered some groundbreaking developments for the treadmill desk industry. It’s still pretty unusual to find treadmill desks at trade shows but they are occasionally spotted in the wild at esoteric fitness or ergonomics shows. NEOCON, taking up 5 floors of Chicago’s prestigious Merchandise Mart building, is many times larger with a global draw of 700 exhibitors and 40,000 architecture and design professionals roaming through.
Ironically, Steelcase, which has ginormous permanent showroom on the 3rd floor of the Merchandise Mart (along with the Herman [...]