With millions of desk workers ordered to work from home for months, through the end of the year, or even permanently, employers need to consider the fact that liability for ergonomic injuries has now pierced the veil of the corporate campus. “Kitchen Table Ergonomics” is the new buzzword of the day, along with “Zoom Fatigue,” and employers need to be wide-eyed about the implications.
According to numerous studies conducted by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in commercial office settings, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading cause of pain, suffering, and disability in American workplaces, [...]
There are basically two ways to go about building a standing desk. One way is to go “DIY” style (Do It Yourself), buy your standing desk frame of choice, and then either make your own desktop or buy one you really like from a separate source. The other way to go is to buy a complete standing desk from one of the many makers who sell them online today. The latter is what 90% of buyers do, as it is not just easier it is also usually less expensive and all the components are guaranteed to work well together.
If mixing and matching components is your thing then we have these helpful DIY guides to get you off on the right foot in selecting the best components for your [...]
In the three weeks that have transpired since we first published this article our world has changed. Where we live in Seattle streets and highways have cleared out to the point that there is no such thing as rush hour anymore. The morning morning commute feels like a carryover from Sunday night as hundreds of thousands of workers and students have been told to stay home.
While Seattle has been at ground-zero of the Covid-19 epidemic within the United States the virus has now spread nationally, with confirmed cases and fatalities from the virus are mounting daily. What has happened here in Seattle will be rolling out nationally in a matter of weeks. With 35 governors having [...]
99.99% of treadmill desk photos you’re going to find on the internet, if they have people in them at all, will be depicting full-grown adults. Yet more and more parents and schools are acquiring treadmill desks specifically for their kids to use at home or in the classroom.
Let’s face it, kids hate sitting for endless hours as much as adults do, if not more so. You don’t have to be over 40 to feel the physical anguish of sitting too long without getting movement. The cool thing about treadmill desks, though, is that they create the opportunity to move, but without going into cardio heart rates and sweating. Slow walking at 1 to 2 mph actually increases focus [...]
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 [...]
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 179 Accelerated [...]
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 [...]