Exercise: Which is Better for Overall Health - Intense or Moderate?
TrekDesk allows slow movement through out the day. While the average walking speed for most people is 3 mph most TrekDesk users walk at a speed no greater than 1.5 mph allowing them to walk 12 miles in a single 8 hour day without sweating or feeling fatigues. In fact most report feeling more refreshed at the end of the day than when they started. We are often questioned how this equates to a workout of greater intensity and want to re-iterate a distinction that we make between movement and exercise.
Many believe exercise must involve sweating or intensive aerobic activity to be beneficial however there is a significant body of medical evidence that shows simple, slower movement throughout the day (which does not involve sweating nor elevated aerobic rates) is just as beneficial over a period of time as more intense bouts of exercise.
The good news about this research is that it is more inclusive to the general population and those who may not enjoy intense workouts or gym settings.
Dr. Andrea Chomistek of Harvard Medical School put it this way: "If two people are expending a thousand calories per week, does it matter if they do that by running or by walking?", explaining her recent findings in the publication Heartwire . "We found that there might be some benefit to doing it with vigorous activity such as running, but it doesn't appear to be a very strong benefit. As long as you're burning a certain amount of calories per week, between 600 or 1000 calories per week, it's okay if you do that by walking. You don't necessarily have to go out and run a marathon."
Keep in mind that walking at 1.2 mph with your TrekDesk over the course of the day would equate to more than 1,000 calories burned depending upon which elevation setting you used with your treadmill.
Actually there is very limited evidence to support a benefit to larger amounts of vigorous activity vs sustained amounts of activity at lower levels and there is a correlated increase in the potential for injury with the vigorous activity as opposed to less intensive activity such as walking.