Health Benefits

Our staff editors have collected here their top pick of articles on office wellness and the adoption of standing desks, treadmill desks and other active workstations.

treadmill desk for carpal tunnels

Avoiding Neck and Shoulder Pain and Carpal Tunnel When Using a Treadmill Desk

Typing while on a treadmill desk is a wholly different experience than typing while sitting at a desk. With no arm rests to support the weight of the arms, the gentle swaying motions caused by walking makes it practically impossible to type without anchoring your palms somewhere …

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Effects of sitting disease

Negative Health Effects of Sitting Disease – Beyond Weight Gain

In 2012 alone, 1,300 peer-reviewed studies were published linking sedentariness with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other negative health effects. Most sufferers of sitting disease also have poor ergonomic setups when they are at their computers.

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stand up desk or treadmill desk

Stand Up Desk or Walking Desk—Which is Healthier for You?

One of the most common questions we get at WorkWhileWalking is “How much better is it to use a treadmill desk than just using a standing desk?” Both standing desks and walking desks are enjoying an explosion in popularity, especially in corporate America and SOHO (small office…

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Plantar Fasciitis Ergonomics

What Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers Need to Know About Standing Desks and Treadmill Desks

For most sufferers, symptoms tend to wax and wane, usually worsening after a trigger event such as overuse, or from walking barefoot or without their prescribed orthotics for anything more than a mid-night pad over to the bathroom.

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treadmill desk stretching

Why Treadmill Desk Users Need to Stretch Like Professional Athletes

It is vitally important to stretch your legs, calves, ankles and lower back frequently when using a treadmill desk. As great as the benefits of raising your basal metabolic rate are, doing so requires using your leg and back muscles a lot more than you are probably used to. The f…

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Treadmill Desks Are “NEAT,” Not Exercise Stations, and Everyone Can Benefit from Using One

One thing that we find we need to continually reinforce with newcomers to treadmill desking is that walking at speeds above 2 mph is not recommended because the goal is to raise the basal metabolic rate (BMR), without exercising, i.e. sweating. A traditional running treadmill is …

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Happy at a standing desk.

Five Strategies to Extend Your Standing Desk Time

Many people hear or read about the concept of a standing desk and are instantly sold on the idea, often purchasing one on the very same day. No one can fault them for wanting to ditch the chair as soon as humanly possible. But what we often find is that even people who've been wo…

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Good vs Bad Posture Infographic

Five Facts About Sitting Disease in the US

Just more info on how sitting disease manifests and why you need to use a treadmill desk, or at the very least, to be more mindful of how you use your devices.

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Published scientific studies of treadmill desk usage

New Study Illustrates the Downsides of Using a Treadmill Desk

As long time watchers of the treadmill desk industry, and having read every study conducted in this arena, we were disappointed by both the improper methodology used in this study and the wrongful conclusions that internet media outlets hastily made in crafting their grabby headl…

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treadmill weight loss

Top 5 Tips for Losing Weight Using a Treadmill Desk

A common question we get here at WorkWhileWalking is how much weight can a person lose using a treadmill desk? Results vary wildly because a treadmill desk is not a substitute for getting cardio exercise or a proper diet, and everyone’s body is a little different.

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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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Obesity and Diabetes in the US

Is a Sedentary Desk Job the Most Dangerous Job in the World?

We know that “sitting disease” leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. And we also know, based on numerous scientific research studies, that sitting disease leads to an increased risk of cancer.

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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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aerobics and treadmill desks

Using a walking desk should complement getting real aerobic exercise

We all know the health benefits of treadmill desks in preventing sitting disease. However, exaggerated marketing claims often mislead readers with promises of dramatic weight loss – eye-grabbing headlines like "Lose 50 lbs in a year!" making the rounds. Some eager new treadmill d…

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how long you should walk at a treadmill desk

How Long Should You Walk When Working at a Treadmill Desk?

It is vitally important to pace yourself when using a treadmill desk in order to prevent muscle stiffness and soreness. Unless you already spend several hours a day walking you’re going to discover some new muscle pains – mostly in the lower back but potentially in the legs and f…

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Scientific Research Into Sitting Disease

Scientific Research on Standing Desk and Treadmill Desk Usage

There is an ever-growing mountain of research papers being published on the benefits on standing desks and treadmill desks. Following is just a small subset.

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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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Many ergonomists' business card graphics still depict incorrect arm positions for standing desk users

Anthropometry and Ergonomics: Why Should You Care?

ased on our regular encounters with occupational ergonomists and ergonomic product designers, it’s fair to say that many, if not most, of those working in the field today did not receive any formal training on the vast differences between working at a keyboard in a seated versus …

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anti fatigue mats for factory workers

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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back pain from sitting too long

What The Huffington Post’s Video on Sitting Disease Doesn’t Tell You

The best way to avoid a sedentary work life is to give ourselves viable alternatives to sitting that allow us to be productive at the same time. Yes, moving for even just a minute or two every half hour by getting up to make a cup of coffee or pacing while taking a phone call is …

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Computer Vision Syndrome

Four Ways to Fight the Largest Office Affliction You’ve Never Heard Of

Computer Vision Syndrome entered the medical lexicon over two decades ago, and has given researchers headaches ever since. A non-specific syndrome, CVS symptoms are broadly defined, and range from tired eyes to contact discomfort.

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do treadmill desks help you lose weight?

How many calories can you burn by using a treadmill desk?

Sitting disease, in a nutshell, is a wind-down of the body’s metabolism that occurs when we sit for too long at one time. The most direct effect is a lowering of the body’s Basal Metabolic Rate – or BMR. Think of it as your heart rate when you’re just sitting still. We burn a few…

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Psychological Research Shows Promise of Treadmill Desks

When you are trying to convince managers of large organizations to change, recommendations based on strong research are crucial. While European organizations care very much about employee health, U.S. organizations want to see bang for their buck.

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How many steps to walk in a day

How many steps a day should you be walking to stay fit?

epending on your age and current level of fitness, a proper fitness goal would be to take somewhere in the range of 5,000 (nominal) to 10,000 (optimal) steps per day. But the body will adjust best to a new regimen if this number is attained incrementally, not all at once.

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ergonomic workstation for varicose veins

Preventing Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are among the most persistent bugbears of standing workers - something that every treadmill desker becomes the moment the belt stops moving. Most readers will recognize the term, and many have probably heard it before in relation to prolonged standing; however, fe…

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It's hard to develop

It’s hard to develop “screen apnea” on a treadmill desk

We tend to breath-hold or shallow breathe when we sit at a laptop. The computer becomes animated and we become less animated. Our shoulders and chest cave in, we sit slouched for extended periods of times. And it’s impossible to fully breath in that hunched posture. When you are …

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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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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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Motivational Challenges for Office Fitness

5 Office Fitness Challenge Ideas for Transforming Your Workplace Culture

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 …

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