Standing Desk Health Benefits

Standing Desk Health Benefits

Millions of sedentary workers who were sentenced to the chair are now experiencing standing desk health benefits 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 each day, 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 and review on this site. In fact, each product category (e.g., treadmill desks, desk cycles, etc.) keeps you active and healthy in unique ways.

Monitor arms help you avoid slouching forward, which can lead to neck, shoulder and back pain by reducing how much you crane your neck forward and glance downward.

A keyboard tray increases standing desk health benefits ⁣iMovR’s SteadyType Exo keyboard tray

Anti-fatigue mats help you take advantage of your active workstation by standing for longer during the day (find more information about how anti-fatigue mats help alleviate discomfort here).

Ergonomic keyboard trays help you avoid wrist issues by getting your typing surface lower and overcoming the innate inadequacy of desks, allowing you to type in a way that’s more neutral for your upper body. The list goes on and on.

Want to learn more about which products address your health concerns and how to tap into all of the standing desk health benefits? Want to set up the most pain-free and productivity-boosting active 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. You should also sign up for our free newsletter to keep updated with the latest product reviews, tips, tricks and industry developments.

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

Mayo Clinic: 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 using a treadmill desk hasn’t been thoroughly understood, until now.

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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 and other negative health effects.

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

The ergodynamics of typing while on a treadmill desk are a wholly different experience than typing while sitting at a desk.

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

“Should I use a walking desk or a stand up desk more? By how much?” We get asked this question all the time. Read on to find the answer!

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Why Treadmill Desk Users Need to Stretch Like Professional Athletes

It is best to stretch before mounting the treadmill, to take frequent stretch breaks and stretch at the end of every session.

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

Walking at speeds above 2 mph on a treadmill desk is not recommended because the goal is to raise the basal metabolic rate (BMR), without exercising.

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Facts About Sitting Disease in the US

Sitting disease affects too many people across the nation. Are you one? This infographic reveals some facts about how sitting disease manifests in the US.

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Top 5 Tips for Losing Weight Using a Treadmill Desk

If you're trying to lose weight using a treadmill desk, these tips are essential for you to get the most bang for your buck.

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Standing desk anthropometry and Ergonomics: Why Should You Care?

Knowing how the study of anthropometry, posture, repetitive motion, and workspace design affects the user is critical to proper ergonomic design.

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Plantar Fasciitis Ergonomics

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

Find out how a treadmill or standing desk can help sufferers of plantar fasciitis strengthen their muscles, move more, and break out of a sedentary life.

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

Not all fatal injuries come in a single blow, some take years to manifest but are equally deadly. Sedentary desk jobs may be the most dangerous!

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Using a walking desk should complement getting real aerobic exercise

Keep in mind that using a treadmill desk is the best way to combat sitting disease but it is not a substitute for getting aerobic exercise

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

Unless you already spend several hours a day walking, you will feel some new muscle pains if you overdo it. We provide our best treadmill desk walking tips.

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Five Strategies to Extend Your Standing Desk Time

We often find that even people who've had standing desks for many years are unable extend their standing desk time for very long.

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Scientific Research Into Sitting Disease

Scientific Research on Standing Desk and Treadmill Desk Usage

There is a 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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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.

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Computer Vision Syndrome

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

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is shockingly widespread. Some studies call it the century's largest office epidemic. And you've probably never heard of it.

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Are Treadmill Desks a Good Thing for Kids?

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.

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

Contrary to some marketer's claims, treadmill desks are not the easy ticket for dramatic weight loss but they do provide many other health benefits.

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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 from employers looking for ways to reduce foot pain, absenteeism and medical costs for employees who stand on their feet all day.

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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.

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

Your goal should be 5,000 steps (nominally) to 10,000 steps (optimally) for achieving and maintaining a sustainable level of fitness and stamina.

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Preventing Varicose Veins For Standing Desk Users

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, few will know the specifics of this health issue and, more importantly, how to deal with it. Fear not, but igno…

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

Apple, Microsoft veteran Linda Stone's theory of screen apnea and email apnea explored in context of treadmill desk walking.

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

The correlation between Type II diabetes and weight struggles is so direct that most people consider the words “obese” and “diabetic” to be synonymous.

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Published scientific studies of treadmill desk usage

New Study Claims to Illustrate the Downsides of Using a Treadmill Desk

It seems virtually guaranteed that every so often some university will publish a study negating some aspect of the benefits of treadmill desk usage.

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Exercise Doesn’t Counteract Effects of Sitting Disease

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.

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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

People on a low-carb diets who find themselves restricted from intensive exercise and use a treadmill desk to keep healthy and toned while they diet.

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New Infographic Shows The Trouble with Sitting – and Standing

New Infographic Shows The Trouble with Sitting – and Standing

This Georgetown University School of Nursing infographic shows how both sitting and standing for prolonged periods can be hazardous to your health.

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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 you can't stop there.

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Best Smoothie Recipe for Healthy Treadmill Desking

The WorkWhileWalking staffers tasty drink of choice for optimal health, since we're all into treadmill desking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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standing desk abc news

A Response to ABC News Blog: Stand Up for Better Health

In an ABC News article, Dr. Marc Hamilton calls into question the efficacy of standing and treadmill desks. WorkWhileWalking responds in this blog post.

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Scared Sitless Book

Scared Sitless Book Review

“Scared Sitless” promises on the cover that you will “work happier, lose weight, and live longer” with the information and advice offered in the book. The book largely fulfills these promises. The author refers to an impressive number of scientific research articles that show how his recommended “office fitness” practices can improve productivity and psychological well-being, burn calori…

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