Obesity & Diabetes
Lower Your BMI Walking While You Work
BMI or body mass index is often cited as a guideline to determine healthy weight levels. If you fall above a certain number you are classified as obese, below it and people tend to feel that they are fit.
The fact is that for many people the BMI is a poor indicator of their overall health. More muscular individuals may show a greater index level indicative of poor health and those with more body fat may register as healthy.
So, who to believe? Total body fat monitors do not lie and give a more accurate read on an individual's health in relation to weight however there are so many other components that factor into the equation it is best to consult with a physician to determine overall health measures and guidelines first.
Restoring and maintaining optimal health however is something that our bodies have evolved to do naturally over millions of years, and you can't argue with Mother Nature. Simply stated we were designed to walk between 30-35 miles per day as hunter gatherers yet today the average American walks between 1.5-2 miles per day.
Weight loss and maintanence is dependent upon continual movement throughout the day. We weren't designed to leave the caves in the morning, hunt for an hour and spend the rest of the day sitting on a rock. We were designed to move. Without movement we gain weight and are at risk of disease.
Treadmill desks allow us to live a modern life but also let our bodies do what we were designed for in the first place: Walking. The Surgeon General advises a minimum of 10,000 steps per day, roughly equivalent to 5 miles. Ask yourself the last time you walked 5 miles in a day. This goal can easily be achieved before lunch if you have a treadmill desk.
So, looking to lower BMI, or Waist to Hip Ratios, or some other index that makes you feel bad about yourself? Do yourself a favor. Eat natural foods and walk during the day. Your body will take care of the rest. Just read the studies on our website and you will be amazed to learn about all of the curative powers involved in taking that first step.
Do you need to walk all day to see a benefit? No, not at all though obviously the more you walk the better for your health. It would take approximately 2.5-3 hours on a TrekDesk treadmill desk to achieve the Surgeon General's daily guideline of 10,000 steps assuming that was all the activity you engaged in for the day. However, for most of us even an hour spent daily with a treadmill desk would have a tremendous impact on our health assisting in disease prevention, increases in mood and productivity and overall weight loss.
The TrekDesk treadmill desk comes with a manuscript/book/magazine holder which allows them to walk and read at the same time. The workstation is 72 inches by 34 inches, larger than most desks and allows employees to complete any task walking they would normally undertake while sitting.
The facts are clear in all of the studies and reports on the amazing benefits of walking. Walking prevents disease, increases productivity, promotes weight loss, improves mood, boost the brain and now there is solid evidence that walking increases lifespan.
FACT: There is no better exercise for the human body than walking. Walking prevents disease, maintains health, boosts our mood and prevents depression, increases our brain power and productivity and as an added bonus helps us lose weight. Their simply is no substitute for walking for improving health and fitness.
Our website is filled with hundreds of articles focused on the benefits of walking. Below we detail just how important walking is in the process of weight control but we encourage you to read more of the articles on our site which detail the amazing curative powers gained by the simple act of taking a walk, whether outdoors or with a treadmill desk from TrekDesk.
A treadmill desks allows you to walk while you work. At the end of the day total calorie expenditure can range between 800-1600 calories much more than most workouts at a gym.
A VERY ACHIEVABLE GOAL of one pound (1 lb.) per week weight loss translates into 52 lbs in one years time. You must burn 3500 calories to lose one pound of body weight. That is 700 calories a day during a regular 5 day work week, assuming you maintain proper dietary intake as advised by your physician.
An average walking speed set at 1.0 MPH at 0 degrees incline at a treadmill desk will burn 2.6 calories per minute or 156 cal/hr. Keeping the same speed and adjusting to 5.0 incline, you will burn 3.6 calories per minute or 216 cal/hr.
A distinct advantage of TrekDesk treadmill desk over our competitors is your ability to set the incline on your treadmill. A TrekDesk treadmill desk significantly increases calorie burn without the necessity of increasing treadmill speed.
It would take only 4.5 hours to achieve a daily goal of 700 calories at the 1.0 MPH speed on 0 incline or a mere 3.25 hours at 5.0 incline. We have tested home office users at 2.0 speed, incline 7.0 and the calorie burn for them is 6.6 calorie per minute or 396 cal/hr achieving the 700 daily calorie goal in 1.8 hours. If they kept this pace for the entire 8 hour day they would burn nearly the equivalent of one pound per day. This is not realistic for most people and is in the lower range of aerobic activity, causing most people to sweat. You get the idea. Little numbers add up fast with a treadmill desk, so go easy and find the pace that suits your needs and goals.
Keep in mind that the mere act of standing and fidgeting thru the day will double your metabolic rate and put you on the path of recovery. A chair or couch is your enemy, unless it is an exercise ball that you are sitting on. Be patient and take it slow at first to determine the optimum speed during your daily activities. Most people start out on a treadmill desk at a rate of 0.7 MPH and increase as they adjust. It is very easy to type, talk and write at 1.0 - 1.5 MPH on a treadmill desk however for most people without losing focus or sweating.
The answer to the mystery of the rising American obesity epidemic may be closer than ever imagined. In fact, research shows that we may have been sitting on the culprit all along: chairs.
Recent scientific research from the University of Missouri-Columbia, directed by lead scientist Marc Hamilton, found that sitting switches off the body's ability to burn fat. Tracing fat molecules through the body the research team found that they routed directly to adipose or fatty connective tissue for storage when test subjects were sitting. Additionally the team discovered that the enzyme Lipase, integral to the body's ability to dispose of fat, decreased to extremely low levels when test subjects were seated for several hours. This research showed directly the negative impact of remaining in an office chair throughout the day.
Conversely, when the test subjects were standing and in motion (as they would be on a treadmill desk) fat molecules passed through blood vessels located in muscle where they could be burned by the body for fuel and Lipase returned to normal levels. The long standing advice to take a walk after a meal now has scientific credence. More importantly staying active throughout the day keeps the body in top form.
Bottom line? Spending too much time in a chair leads to a greater retention of fat, lower levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) and a reduced metabolic rate. The cure sounds simple enough, stand up and move as much as possible during the day engaging the larger muscle groups of the back and legs. That poses a challenge for most people as simple as it seems since their work environments do not allow this. Treadmill desks are changing the paradigm however.
Is the sedentary nature of employment dooming the workforce to inescapably rising rates of obesity? "Two-thirds of the American population is now categorized as overweight according to the CDC with more than half of the population spending their working hours desk bound, strapped to a chair," states Steve Bordley, president of TrekDesk, a manufacturer of treadmill desks. "American adults on average weigh 25 pounds more today than they did in the 1960's but that does not mean this alarming trend must continue."
Treadmill desks allow employees to walk the entire work day or just enough to meet the minimum daily requirements set by the Surgeon General of 10,000 steps a day. More importantly treadmill desks offer an employee the opportunity of enhancing their overall health while completing work assignments.
"Too many Americans are struggling to provide for their families throughout their work career only to find that their health has been sacrificed in the process, it doesn't have to be that way," states Bordley, "treadmill desks allow them to increase their energy and productivity while working and restore their health at the same time."