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 [...]
[Editors’ Update: Since we first published this article in 2016 an additional dynamic has surfaced that make Amazon user reviews an even less reliable indicator of product quality than before, and not just in the office fitness category. Many news reports have surfaced since then that describe “review factories” in China. Amazon sellers can buy artificial reviews from these dark web services to inflate their products’ ratings—and they’re getting away with it. This was discovered when consumers in the US began receiving serial shipments of products they never ordered, blind-purchased by these review factories only so that false ‘verified [...]
With the video game industry topping 100 billion dollars in revenue in 2017, it’s little wonder that standing desk manufacturers are trying to carve out their slice of the pie by creating “gaming desks,” which are, for the most part, standing desks with decals on the work surface, or speakers built into the desk. But do gamers really need standing desks? In terms of health, the answer is a definite yes. The hours that gamers spend sitting in front of their PCs are just as harmful as the hours spent sitting in a cubicle. While we primarily focus on the office environment, the health benefits of standing and NEAT don’t stop [...]
Office fitness product manufacturers often make claims that haven’t been tested or proven by any independent organization. They often tend to overestimate the fitness aspect as well. A third-party certification that provides evidence and measures how much energy one can burn on, say, an active chair is exactly what Mayo Clinic offers the companies that want to get an accurate reading on energy expenditure from their products and use the NEAT trademark to rise above the competition.
A soon-to-be Energy Star of office furniture, NEAT certification proves that a product enables, motivates, or tracks Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis—the energy we expend through non-exercise [...]
Early generations of sit-stand, height-adjustable desks were a shaky lot, but the technology has improved significantly over the past two decades. Makers of standing desk bases (fundamentally “linear actuators” and “base frames”) have made continuous improvements over the years, upgrading materials and using more advanced tooling and production equipment to tighten up the tolerances on every component in the system.
Alas, while there are certainly standing desks on the market today that are extraordinarily stable, many still shake like a drunken sailor on a stormy [...]
Like a car, bicycle, lawn mower, or any mechanical device caution must be taken in buying a used item, and standing desks are no exception. We wish we could send out one of our standing desk experts to go give it a thorough checkout for you, but since we can’t we asked our team to come up with a checklist of things that you can check for yourself.Warranty. The warranties on large-ticket items like this are typically not transferable to a new owner, so you want to make sure that the desk is in really good condition and is going to last long enough to make the cost worthwhile. Out-of-warranty replacement parts, as with most things, [...]
Standing desks have are replacing fixed-height desks in offices across the globe as the dangers of sitting disease have become more apparent. However, the vast majority of standing desks have crossbars underneath the tabletop to improve stability. This has the unintended consequence of making it difficult to install a large percentage of keyboard trays, most of which were designed long before the advent of sit-to-stand desks.
Most keyboard trays have a track (sometimes called a “rail” or a “base frame”) which attaches to the underside of your desk, allowing you to slide the entire tray under the desk when not in use. And most of these tracks don’t [...]
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 $510,000 [...]
Experts estimate there are hundreds of thousands of treadmill desks in the wild today, and most certainly there are well 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 [...]
We get this question all the time, for several reasons.
Most commonly, users find out the ergonomics of the Varidesk are junior league (despite the high price), and they want to upgrade to a more modern design in a standing desk converter. Almost as commonly, though, they’ve had enough of “converting” and are ready to upgrade to a full sit-stand desk.
So what’s the best way to recapture some of your investment in a $400+ Varidesk? Here are some great tips from our standing desk converter pros.Try eBay. The good news is there are a lot of Varidesks for sale on eBay. The bad news is there are a lot of Varidesks for sale on eBay. You might [...]
[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 [...]
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.Corporate wellness needs to address more than obesity
What these articles often seem to miss is that ‘sitting disease’ goes beyond obesity in affecting health care costs and 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 [...]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been completely updated to include up-to-date research findings.
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. In 2015, the Harvard Business Review published an analysis of multiple reports that showed companies are losing [...]
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 [...]