New desk makes for standing-room only in the office

October 14th, 2009 
By Ed Yeates KSL
SALT LAKE CITY
-- Imagine going to the office, but instead of sitting, you stand and walk at your desk. And you do it comfortably for eight hours a day.

University of Utah researcher Dr. Liz Joy is testing a fully-functional, 6-foot wide desk called the "TrekDesk." The first-of-its kind office furniture eliminates the conventional chair and calls on users to embrace a whole new workplace lifestyle.

Bill Elm, a business owner and triathlete with a keen eye for technology and innovations offering a competitive edge was challenged by his long work hours and triathlon training regimens. As President of Resilient Cognitive Solutions, Bill logged extended hours behind a desk and battled cramping, stiffness and range of motion issues caused by sitting relatively motionless during the day. He found the solution to his problems in the form of an innovation that lets him move continuously throughout his work day: the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.

Sedentary lifestyles present a tremendous challenge to the health of American citizens. Diabetes projections from the NIH over the next four decades are alarming however in Native American communities this dire future already exists.

Last week the National Institutes of Health announced that within four decades 1/3 of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. This alarming statistic pales in comparison to the potential devastation within specific ethnic populations. Native Americans currently are 230% more likely to develop diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. 

Article by: Andy Johns: Employees who spend most of their time tied to a desk need to take steps to avoid health problems, according to experts in the emerging "science of sitting down."

Dr. Tim Church, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., called inactivity at work "a big player in the obesity epidemic," and if a recent experiment by the Chattanooga Times Free Press is any indication, a person's walk of life has a lot to do with that level of activity.

Office jobs, the number of which has soared in the last 30 years, can pin people to desks and create a sedentary pattern for half of a waking day, Dr. Church explained.

Reported by: Barbara Smith

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Doctor Elizabeth Joy is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Utah. She tells her patients they need to get up and moving. She says research recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows a thirty minute workout at the gym may not be enough to prolong life. “Time spent sitting was independently associated with a higher risk of mortality.”


TechRepublic poll featuring an article on the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk reveals 85% of tech workers would like the idea of using a treadmill desk to stay active while they work. Click here to reveal the poll results and read more about the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.

Thin or fat, individuals who are sedentary through the day face the same risks of diseases that are crippling our nation. TrekDesk has launched a Movement Revolution designed to educate Americans out of their chairs. Click here to learn more about Trekdesk Treadmill Desk's movement revolution.