Recent research published in the European Heart Journal and reported by the BBC proves that employers should be focused more on metabolic fitness than obesity measures such as BMI (Body Mass Index). In fact the researchers found that it is possible to be obese yet metabolically fit as long as individuals engage in consistent levels of exercise. TrekDesk treadmill desks offer an opportunity to keep employees moving continuously throughout the workday.
Researchers at the University of South Carolina evaluated data from 43,000 participants, a third of which were classified as obese. The surprising revelation of the study was that 50% of the obese participants were metabolically fit meaning they had normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The key reason that half of the obese participants were metabolically healthy? Exercise. Obese participants who exercised were identical in their risks for developing and/or dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease with participants within the ideal BMI ranges and their risks were 50% less than their obese counterparts who did not engage in daily exercise.
Amy Thompson from the British Heart Foundation was quoted in the BBC article warning that the not all fat is the same. “It is particularly important to be aware of your weight if you are carrying excess fat around your middle. The fat cells here are really active, producing toxic substances that cause damage which can lead to heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet with lots of physical activity can to slim you down as well as reduce your risk of heart health problems.”
The challenge for most employees however is finding enough time in the day to fit in the minimally accepted daily level of physical activity of 10,000 steps per day (U.S. Surgeon General recommendation). That is where TrekDesk treadmill desk offers a solution.
Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of daily exercise to lose weight, maintain health, reduce stress, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.
“We have been advocating for years that employers need to focus more on the activity levels of their employees as opposed to their BMI,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “The pressure of the ‘perfect BMI’ has caused many employees to abandon any hope of fitness and health by setting unobtainable parameters. The waist to height ratio is a much better indicator of metabolic health than BMI. That combined with daily minimum activity goals would go a long way to improving the health of the average employee.”