W3: Walk For A Healthier World
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The Story Behind the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk
Launched in 2008 TrekDesk was the first affordable treadmill desk designed to work with virtually any of the millions of treadmills in homes and offices across the country, allowing individuals the opportunity to walk slowly while they work and transform their health and energy levels. By far the leading treadmill desk on the market since its inception TrekDesk has received rave reviews from users who have transformed their health and their lives without taking an extra second out of their day.
- The Story
- Most of us at one time or another in our lives face unexpected challenges or events which test our creativity, resolve and will. A combination of challenges led to the invention of the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. A severe accident dramatically changed the life of TrekDesk inventor, Steve Bordley, placing him in a wheel chair for six months and rendering him unable to walk without the assistance of a walker, crutches and eventually a cane for more than two years. This sedentary period had a profoundly challenging impact on his previously active life. Faced with severe neuropathy from his leg injury, back problems from extended inactivity and increases in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure Bordley was unable to exercise in a conventional fashion so he was forced to improvise.
His first solution was a recumbent bicycle placed underneath his desk however he soon discovered that this exacerbated his back condition and contributed to neck and arm pain as well. "I really felt a bit defeated at that point," he recalled, "my life as a runner was over, walking was a challenge so cycling seemed like a good alternative. It wasn't and I learned later why." Unable to exercise, his weight continued to increase as his health further unraveled. His levels of stress were heightened further as he found himself the divorced full time father of three young children forced to find a new career path. "I always feel that life is filled with options but at that point I had zero amount of free time, even for physical therapy so I knew I had to get creative."
It wasn't until he developed the idea of placing a rubber top across his treadmill as a rudimentary desk early in 2007 that he found some relief. "Placing my hands on the keyboard and desk surface kept me stable and I found that walking slowly made the neuropathy bearable. Within 6 weeks of use I had lost 25 lbs, my back problems vanished, I slept through the night for the first time in years and felt an overall sense of well being that I thought I had lost AND I didn't have to sacrifice a moment away from my children. I knew I was on to something but up to that point in my life I never thought of slow walking as a form of exercise. Prior to my accident if an activity didn't involve running, lifting weights, or some form of physical exertion I didn't consider it exercise. I was basically an exercise snob I later realized. Researchers are now proving that a daily trip to the gym is remarkably insuffficient in undoing the health damage caused by commuting and sitting at a desk all day."
Driven by an interest in leaning the physiology behind his new feeling of wellness Bordley spent months researching the health benefits of walking. "Two things overwhelmed me during that period of research. First, the curative powers of walking are extensive and for the most part either unknown or dismissed by many, even health/medical professionals. Second, a large percentage of the health problems existing in developed nations have coincided with a precipitous drop in their activity levels due to technology. It was at that point in 2007 that I became driven to develop the TrekDesk to help others who (for a variety of reasons) are sedentary and unhealthy and start a Movement Revolution to get America up and moving again."
The impact of the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk on others lives has made the journey worthwhile to Bordley, a former social worker. "We receive emails and testimonials almost weekly from TrekDesk users who have lost significant amounts of weight, feel better than they have since their youth and have gone off of medications for high blood pressure, cholesterol, even diabetes. That is profoundly satisfying but I really feel we are in the infancy of this movement and our work is just starting."
Since 2008 the TrekDesk has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, NPR, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. "When I first launched TrekDesk even my closest friends thought it was a crazy idea but since that time the field of "sedentary science" has exploded, proving that an individual's health is dependent upon staying off the couch and out of a chair. TrekDesks are now in use in homes, offices and universities across the country but still a majority of Americans are unaware that the health hazards of sitting are now equated with those of smoking. We have a lot of work to do."
Steve Bordley: CEO/TrekDesk Treadmill Desk
- The Team
Designed by a team of engineers, manufacturing, and sales professionals, the TrekDesk treadmill desk was created as an affordable product to assist people in their quest to improve health, boost productivity and increase their quality of life. TrekDesk is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with a design team based in Bedford, Virginia..
- Design Team: Designed by U.S. engineers based in Bedford, VA, TrekDesk overcame the challenge of creating an affordable, full sized desk that integrates with virtually any existing home or commercial treadmill on the market today. TrekDesk's innovative design and quality have received recognition in hundreds of newspapers and magazines from around the world including Forbes, Scientific American, U.S. News & World Reports, Fitness Magazine, L.A. Times and the Wall Street Journal just to name a few. Click here for a full list of press reviews covering the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
- Quality Control: Every TrekDesk is thoroughly inspected, tested and packed by a U.S. engineering firm's employees ensuring the highest measure of manufacturing quality and materials. TrekDesk has teamed with Amazon.com to offer the Amazon A to Z Guarantee level of customer service offering a 100% guarantee of customer satisfaction.
- Logistics & Fulfillment: TrekDesk's logistic and fulfillment team has headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
- Sales & Admiistration: TrekDesk's sales and administrative offices are located in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Join the Movement Revolution: We consider every TrekDesk user as part of our team helping to educate others regarding the health benefits of walking and the health hazards of sedentary lifestyles. This is a grass roots movement growing from the individual examples of TrekDesk users and social media. Joining the team is as simple as following TrekDesk on Facebook and on Twitter. There you can join a global community dedicated to spreading the health message of movement and committed to affecting real change in the health of the world.
While Congress and the media argue over the effectiveness of various health care plans, a growing movement in our society is recognizing that the dramatic shift in America's health cannot be solved politically or through a better health insurance plan. Health is utlimately up to the individual and their choices regarding diet and exercise. While poor diets and lifestyle risks such as smoking have received considerable attention over the years the rising tide of inactivity and its impact on society has gone relatively unreported until recently.
In the 1960's only 13% of the nation's adult population was overweight. Today that percentage is approaching 70% with half of those adults clinically obese. According to the University of Tennessee the average American walks 5,000 steps per day (2.5 miles), half the recommended amount suggested by the U.S. Surgeon General. This lack of activity holds dire health consequences not just for America but for every developed nation in the world.
TrekDesk's mission is to educate individuals to take personal control of their health and to recognize the health hazards of sedentary lifestyles. "Once someone understands that staying in motion during the day combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle will increase their lifespan, boost their mood and productivity, substantially decrease their risk of disease regardless of their current weight, a transformation occurs that is wonderful to observe. We want to make sure that everyone has the information available to them to make the right choices regardless of whether they need a TrekDesk or not," stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.