Summary: Activity levels have dropped significantly in the past generation. Scientists realize that shifts in occupational environments are a major cause however recent studies show that a physiological component may also be at work.
Feeling lazy and unwilling to exercise? Scientists have discovered it may not all be blamed on a lack of will power or environmental factors. Recent research published in the FASEB Journal suggests that the will to exercise may be increased pharmaceutically someday based on a hormone found in the brain known as erythropoietin (Epo). TrekDesk treadmill desk offers a unique solution to this problem today.
Swiss researchers found that elevating the levels of Epo in the brains of mice increased their motivation to exercise and stay in motion. Rising rates of obesity and inactivity have launched a series of studies searching for a pharmacological answer to the solution. Swiss researcher Max Gassaman offered a unique insight into the potential of this new discovery. "If you can't put exercise in a pill, then maybe you can put the motivation to exercise in a pill instead," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "As more and more people become overweight and obese, we must attack the problem from all angles. Maybe the day will come when gyms are as easily found as fast food restaurants."
“We agree that science should attack the problem of obesity and inactivity from all angles but a simpler solution exists today that can reverse these health challenges,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
“We did not have an obesity and inactivity epidemic prior to the 1960’s. The change in work environments and lifestyles have put us on this current path of ill health. Re-engineering these environments with solutions that encourage movement is a much safer, natural, efficient, cost effective means to turn the health of the nation around.”
One solution is allowing employees to walk while they work. TrekDesk treadmill desk pioneered the idea of offering an affordable treadmill desk that would keep individuals moving throughout the day at slow speeds, mimicking the activity levels of previous generations.
“A body in motion stays in motion,” stated Bordley,“ and TrekDesk treadmill desk offers a solution that does not require will power or extra time out of the day. We would argue that it is a superior alternative to drugs in combating our nation’s current obesity levels and related health problems.