Therefore, fitness experts and entrepreneurs are thinking outside the workplace to transform a prison cubicle space sedentary work and training multitasking.
“We’ve grown fat in America by placing employees in cubicles,” said Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks.
The solution Bordley proposed is a workstation designed for fitness on a treadmill.
“There is an obesity problem in every developed country, including China. Everywhere (workers) are sitting,” said Bordley, from his TrekDesk Treadmill Desk, in a telephone interview.
Resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, TrekDesk was developed after an injury he suffered in 2008 which complicated his active lifestyle.
“I could not run anymore, so I started experimenting with a treadmill,” Bordley said. “There was an epiphany: Walking is a very powerful exercise. My back problems disappeared, I lost 26 pounds (11.8 kilos) and slept great,” he said.
The daily goal for healthy adults in a walking program is 10,000 steps according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Most sedentary adults walk less than 5,000.
The multi-tasking work and training is in our genes, according to Bordley, who has sold thousands of its products worldwide.
“We evolved over millions of years to move in the wilderness (…) Our body was designed around the movement,” he said. “Those people who sit all day they have to fight lethargy,” he added.
When it comes to paperwork, personal trainer and fitness instructor Chris Freytag prefer to stand.
“I am totally in love with my standing workstation,” he said. “The desktop on the treadmill is a great concept, but it is great. I put mine in the basement.” he said.
As chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Exercise (ACE for its acronym in English), Freytag is well aware of the need to keep moving even when you should spend much time on your desktop.
For him, the beauty of standing workstation lies in its mobility.
“You can take it to the family room or carry it around the house,” he said. “It’s easy to use and accessible, and literally changed my life”, he said.
Freytag said he just keeps standing motivated and burn a calorie extra per minute. For those on a budget, Dr. Cedric Bryant, ACE chief scientist, has another solution.
“Invest in a headset,” she said. “Handling all my calls standing or walking,” he added. Bryant told to leave the building work is a growing corporate trend and that he has the largest number of meetings that can stand or walk.
“Another strategy would be to set a reminder on the task force to go out and move for five minutes every hour “he said.
Meanwhile, the personal trainer Shirley Archer, said: “All who sit at a computer will have problems over time. Life used to be more challenging. Now not even push the doors open.”