Obesity & Diabetes
Calories Burned: How a Treadmill Desk Helps
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 the competition 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 MPH on a treadmill desk however for most people without losing focus or sweating.
If you are in a home office you may find that you can adjust the speed and incline even more during parts of your day, since a shower is close at hand. As your energy increases you may decide to increase the treadmill to an aerobic pace for an actual work out. TrekDesk treadmill desks allow you to use your treadmill for either purpose.