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What Employers Urgently Need to Know About Kitchen Table Ergonomics

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.

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COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on the Office Fitness Industry, and Standing Desk Suppliers in Particular

In this article we examine the impact on both the supply side and demand side of this market multi-billion dollar market segment.

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Empty offices in times of COVID 19

How COVID-19 Reshaped the Office Furniture Industry Overnight

For the moment, these large furniture companies are largely shut out from the opportunity to sell millions of standing desks that are going to be shipped directly to employees' homes in the coming years.

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Legal Questions Around Standing Desks

Employers May Soon Be Legally Required to Provide Ergonomic Workstations to Workers

There has recently been a spate of lawsuits in which very large settlements have been extracted from employers who failed to provide adequate seating, and many more such suits are now working their way through class action courts. Walmart settled such a suit brought under Califor…

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How Difficult Is It to Assemble a Standing Desk

How Difficult Is It to Assemble a Standing Desk?

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 compl…

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Amazon reviews

Why Amazon Reviews of Office Fitness Equipment Tend to Be Inflated

A phenomenon that we observe with great regularity with regard to Amazon reviews of office fitness products specifically is that many of them are posted before the merchandise even arrives, or after the first day of using the product, and are highly optimistic about how the produ…

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How Many Calories Can You Really Expect to Burn Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk

How Many Calories Can You Really Expect to Burn Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk?

The question of exactly how many more calories you can burn hasn’t been thoroughly understood because existing calorimeter algorithms are all based on cardio heart rates, which are by definition well above NEAT range. Until now.

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students on treadmill desks

Are Treadmill Desks a Good Thing for Kids?

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.

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How to Clean, Sanitize and Disinfect Your Standing Desk Workstation in the Age of Coronavirus

How to Clean, Sanitize and Disinfect Your Standing Desk Workstation in the Age of Coronavirus

The answer depends on the kind of work surface you have installed on your desk. The most commonly sold are high-pressure laminate (HPL), Surf(x) 3D-laminate, other 3D thermoform vinyls, engineered wood (e.g. bamboo grass that's been transformed into wood), reclaimed wood, powder …

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What is ANSI/BIFMA and How Does it Relate to Standing Desks and Treadmill Desks?

While some purchasing agents consider ANSI-BIFMA compliance a minimally-required check-off item on their punch list for buying desks for their organizations, in our experience it's a starting point, not a conclusion. Be sure to read reviews or, better yet, do your own testing, to…

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ZipLift Standing Desk Converter

Top 8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Convertible Standing Desk

Some manufacturers, perhaps in the efforts to cut costs, stubbornly continue to ignore ergonomics, and very often end up producing products that may cause as many ergonomic problems as they purportedly solve. The effort it takes to find a device that suits your individual anthrop…

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Can Standing Desks Really Slow Down the Spread of the Coronavirus?

Smart employers are not waiting for that first case to crop up in their offices before reacting to the situation. They understand that waiting until it happens may be waiting too long, and making it harder to contain the spread.

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treadmill for diabetes

Can You Walk Off Type II Diabetes by Working While Walking?

Over 90% of people who have Type II diabetes struggle with weight problems. The correlation is so direct that most people consider the words “obese” and “diabetic” to be synonymous. In addition to high blood sugars (“hemoglobin A1C”), people suffering from obesity are also mor…

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UL Certified treadmill desks

How Important Is UL Certification for a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk?

When you're buying a standing desk, standing desk converter, treadmill desk or any other office fitness product online it's crucial to know whether it meets the entire safety standard for its category.

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Which Has Greater Impact on Relieving Foot Pain for Standing Workers – Special Shoes or Standing Mats?

We get this question often from employers who are looking for cost-effective ways for reducing foot pain, absenteeism and medical costs for employees who have to stand on their feet all day.

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How to Choose a Balance Board for Your Standing Desk

With the abundance of choice on the market, which would be the best balance board for a standing desk? Here we discuss how different balance boards compare in terms of size, price, and difficulty as well as provide you with the factors you want to consider before making a choice.…

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Treadmill desk liability issues

What Legal Departments Need to Know About Treadmill Desks

The fact is that treadmill desks are generally operated at a range of 1.0 to 2.0 mph, slower than one walks down the hallway to the legal library. Officially, “typical walking speed” is defined as 3.1 mph, but bona fide office treadmill bases have a top speed of 2.5 mph or less, …

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Top 9 Desk Stretches to Do at Your Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk

We all know standing at a desk all day can be physically exhausting, especially for those who are used to sitting for hours on end at work. Weak core muscles, tight hip flexors, poor exercise techniques and weak gluteal muscles can make it challenging for standing desk users to m…

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Anti Collision Detection in Standing Desks

Anti-Collision and G-Force Detection in Standing Desks

The obvious reason for detecting a collision between your desk and some object during height adjustment is to avoid costly damage to either. Examples of collision objects include door knobs, low shelves, trash bins, file cabinets, and armchairs. The circuitry typically works …

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NEAT Certification

What is NEAT Certification and Why Does it Matter for Office Fitness Furniture?

NEAT certification has an impressive body of research behind it. It regulates manufacturers’ claims and offers the consumer and the employer valuable insight into the proven versus marketed benefits of any given product. Each time the NEAT trademark appears on product packaging, …

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standing desk for gaming

Why Your Gaming Desk Should be a Standing Desk

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…

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shaky standing desk

Why Some Standing Desks Shake More Than Others

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 have made continuous improvements over the years, upgrading materials and using more advanced tooling …

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Treadmill desk weight

Do Treadmill Desk Weight Ratings Really Matter?

If you’re comparing treadmill bases should you really take into account whether they’re rated for users at 250 lbs., 300 lbs., 350 lbs. or 400 lbs.? Yes, it matters a lot more than you might think, and here’s why:

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Pedal Power Big Rig Bike Desk

Bike Desks, Smart Desks, and More: 5 Strange and Innovative Active Workstations

The age of the active workstation is upon us. Treadmill desks, bike desks, tilting chairs, and other movement-friendly devices are taking offices by storm. But as the average American worker gets up and off their rear, let’s take a moment to commiserate with the first adopt…

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epigenetics treadmill desk

Epigenetics and the Treadmill Desker

While I can’t promise you that walking on a treadmill desk will turn your children into ubermenschen, I can tell you this much: exercise impacts us at an epigenetic level, and our epigenome is heritable. As we at WorkWhileWalking often say, treadmill desking is no replacement fo…

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Indo Board DIY balance board

How to Build a DIY Balance Board

Don't want to spend money on the balance board that is too easy or restricting? Here is a thought: Why not build one yourself and find out through experimentation what specs and features to look for in a commercial product? You don't have to have woodworking skills if you have an…

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Exercise Doesn’t Counteract Effects of Sitting Disease

New Korean Study Adds More Evidence That Exercise Doesn’t Counteract Effects of Sitting Disease

The average American office worker’s BMI is far higher than the average Korean subject in this study, and we spend even more hours a day sitting – whether at our desks, in meetings, in our cars, at mealtimes, or on the sofa watching TV.

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Get Up! by James Levine

“Get Up! Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It” by Dr. James Levine

The battle against sitting disease is no less challenging and no less monumentally crucial to our future existence than the battle against climate change. With this second book, Dr. Levine becomes to the battle against chairdom what Al Gore has been to the fight to stop global wa…

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low carb diet treadmill desk

Considering a Low-Carb Diet? This May Be the Ideal Time to Start Using a Treadmill Desk

f you’ve been considering starting a “ketogenic” diet then this may be the ideal time to adopt a treadmill desk into your lifestyle. The aim of this type of low-carb diet (e.g.Atkins, Ideal Protein, Medifast) is to try and burn off unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on burn…

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New Infographic Shows The Trouble with Sitting – and Standing

New Infographic Shows The Trouble with Sitting – and Standing

You need only glance at your Facebook feed or your local newspaper to know that “sitting is the new smoking.” To this point, coverage of the extensive science behind “sitting disease” has focused mostly on the the hazards of the sedentary behavior of sitting.

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