The Surgeon General recommends walking 10,000 steps per day to stay healthy and facilitate weight loss. We are often asked what is the minimum amount of walking on a treadmill desk to maintain a current weight. According to Dr. James O. Hill of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for sedentary individuals (those walking 2000-3000 steps per day) adding an additional 2000 steps will keep weight gain at bay provided an individual maintains a normal caloric intake.

How does that translate in terms of time spent walking at their treadmill desks? Well, 2000 steps is the equivalent of walking 1mile. So walking at 1 mph on your treadmill desk means you never have to gain another pound if all you do is add one hour of walking at your TrekDesk treadmill desk to your regular routine.

However, once employees start walking with treadmill desks an amazing thing happens. They prefer it to sitting. There are numerous reasons for this and all of them are healthy but the main point is that walking the recommended amount of 10,000 steps per day requires and employee to only walk 5 miles on their treadmill desk. That only requires a little more than 4 hours walking at the normal speed of 1.2 mph on a treadmill desk.

Many individuals have started to wear pedometers to measure the amount of walking they undertake in a day. We highly recommend this as well, however once you realize that to maintain optimum health and trigger weight loss you merely have to work at your treadmill desk for 4 hours per day the rest of your daily walking is an added health bonus.

Previous studies have shown that walking 6,000 steps per day can reduce the risk of death from disease by a factor of 2. Treadmill desks allow an employee to accomplish this in about 2.5 hours at an average speed of 1.2 mph.

The evidence is in. Lose weight, reduce your risk of death and never gain another pound: all thanks to getting out of an office chair and onto a treadmill desk.