ABC's WTVQ Features the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk
- Created on Friday, 03 December 2010 08:32
|How often do you complain about being trapped at your desk all day? An Arizona company has come up with a way to make your desk, work with, and for you! We'll show you the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
Physical Activity, Health and Weight
Health experts recommend adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week. Despite those recommendations, the CDC estimates only 64.5 percent of adults are physically active.
People who don’t get enough exercise are at risk for taking in more calories than they burn off, leading to weight gain. Researchers report more than 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and 33.9 percent are obese. The combination of excess weight and a sedentary lifestyle is associated with an in increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. People who are active, on the other hand, tend to have a lower risk of these conditions, higher energy levels and a greater sense of well-being.
Actively at Work
Many U.S. workers spend a considerable amount of time sitting behind a desk. One study found employees who have sedentary jobs spend about 110 more minutes sitting during work days compared to non-work days. Sitting for long periods of time was associated with weight gain, especially for women.
Inventor Steve Bordley has found a way to increase levels of physical activity at work. He has developed the TrekDesk, a specially designed desk that fits over the front section of a standard treadmill. Instead of sitting in a chair, the user now stands on the treadmill, walking while working.
Bordley recommends a pace of about one mile an hour. The pace is slow enough to maintain activity and burn a small number of calories. Importantly, it’s also not fast enough to cause a worker to tire or break out in a sweat (unless the room is very warm or the employee is dressed in exceptionally warm clothes). Over time, the benefits of the extra activity will add up. In one study, researchers estimated another type of workout equipment, a stair stepper, used for two hours a day in an office, could potentially promote more than 44 pounds of weight loss in a year.
The TrekDesk fits over most standard treadmills and costs under $500. Bordley says some people need a little time to adapt to working while standing and walking. However, others adjust very quickly. To reduce the risk for soreness, he recommends walking no more than 15 minutes more than what a person is used to doing in a regular day, then building on the time. For more information about the TrekDesk, go to http://www.trekdesk.com.