Health Benefits and Ergonomics

Health and ergonomics

Millions of sedentary workers who were sentenced to the chair have adopted a standing desk or treadmill desk, and the adoption rate is only increasing every day. Standing desks and treadmill desks make you healthier first and foremost simply by curbing your sedentary lifestyle. With the average American now spending 9.3 hours sitting, the incidence of metabolic syndrome (diabetes), certain cancers, and all sorts of other health problems continues to increase every year.

That’s just the beginning. A host of health benefits comes from using the office fitness equipment we feature on this site. In fact, each product category (e.g., treadmill desks, desk cycles, etc.) keeps you active and healthy in unique ways.

Want to learn more about which products address your health concerns? Want to set up the most pain-free and productivity-boosting ergonomic workstation? We’ve got you covered. Check out our advice articles (broken down by product category below) so you can evaluate which products are ideal for your office fitness goals.

kitchen table ergonomics

WFH Ergonomics Survey From University of Cincinnati Is In, And The News Is Not Great

Companies that can afford it (especially Big Tech) almost immediately deputized their ergonomics and HR departments to reimburse $1,000 to $2,000 per employee to let them get properly set up for the long haul. But hundreds of thousands of employers, perhaps more impacted by the recessionary forces of the pandemic, have been dragging their feet. The result of delaying action may wind up c…

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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 in front of the keyboard. Precise mouse manipulation is also more difficult when the body is swaying, which is…

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WFH working from a kitchen table

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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How to Keep Your Feet Happy while Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk

Walking at 1-2 mph in the office might seem like a casual enough process, but treadmill desk users need to think of their feet the way professional runners do if they want hours of comfortable walking. The best strategy for staving off foot fatigue is to invest in a new pair of walking shoes that you only use on your treadmill. This will keep dirt from the great outdoors from getting on …

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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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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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Why Standing Desks and Treadmill Desks are Essential for Remote Workers

Why Standing Desks and Treadmill Desks are Essential for Remote Workers

With so many Americans opting to work from home, it is important to ensure they have workspace at home that is conducive to health and productivity. It may sound enjoyable to work from a couch or bed, but doing so can lead to back and neck pain. Luckily, investing in a sit-stand desk or treadmill desk at home can relieve the problem.

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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 warming.

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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 they’ve invested in sit idly in a corner collecting dust. Or to never hear the hum of their standing desks mov…

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WLFS summit

If You’re New to Telecommuting, the Work-Life Formula Summit is for You

Paul D. Michaels, who describes himself as a “work-from-home father of three teenagers,” is one such expert. He has gathered eleven speakers together and organized the Work-Life Formula Summit, How to Set Yourself Up for Success During a Crisis, which is covering a variety of topics relating to working remotely and keeping things running smoothly while doing so.

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Americans Rank in Bottom 15th Percentile When It Comes to Exercise

With nearly 40,000 fitness clubs in the United States and millions of FitBits, Apple Watches and other personal tracking devices being used, you’d think Americans would be in the top tier of countries measured by how much exercise they get. But according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) we Americans actually rank a dismal 143rd out of 168 countries surveyed. O…

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will corporate wellness lawsuits be far behind

Will Sitting Lawsuits Be Far Behind?

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 unions or class actions from employee groups for not properly accommodating sedentary workers with the choice of a sit-to-stand desk or a treadmill desk.

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Veronica Roth uses a treadmill desk.

Why Authors like Treadmill Desks

Writers who claim that walking makes them feel sharper and fresher aren’t just blowing smoke. Higher levels of activity have a close correlation to improved cognitive function, and slowed cognitive decline.

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Objection! Attorney is Clearly Suffering from Sitting Disease

Plenty of professionals end a workday with a well-worn rear, but lawyers may be among the most deskbound workers around.

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