The Benefits of a Walking Desk
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Not enough hours in the day to fit exercise in? A walking desk could help make things fit a bit better, including your clothes.
Prolonged sitting can lead to an increased risk of many health problems, so adding movement to your day can keep you from being too sedentary.
Walking is good for you, so doing it while you work can have many benefits.
Getting used to walking while working can take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it can actually reduce your stress level.
Begin by using the treadmill desk for a few minutes at a time a few times a day. Continue to increase the time if things go well.
Exercise can improve your mood and decrease anxiety because it releases endorphins into your body. Those endorphins trigger positive feelings.
Using a treadmill desk at a mile per hour can burn about a hundred calories. Multiply that over a few hours and you’d burn some good calories. That’s a slow pace. People usually walk down the hallway or the street at about 2.5 to 4 miles per hour.
Make sure you wear proper footwear while walking. It’s better for your back and legs.
Walking also increases the metabolism which helps burn calories even when sitting. It also helps build lean muscle, which also burns calories.
Regular walking can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues. It can also strengthen bones and lower blood pressure.
Keep proper posture while working at a treadmill desk. Hunching over a keyboard while walking isn’t much better for you than sitting. Set up the monitor, keyboard, and mouse at an ergonomically correct height. That’s the key to preventing neck, back, and shoulder problems.
Increased Creativity and Productivity
Exercise also has a positive effect on the brain because it increases blood flow which can release chemicals that help with concentration.
Research has shown walking increases creativity and productivity both during the activity and shortly after. This assumes you get the hang of walking while doing another activity, which takes some practice.
There are many kinds of treadmill desks available. Some of them fit under standing desks. Others have a desk surface on them. You could even convert a home treadmill into a desk to fit your needs.
The professionals at Beaux-Arts Group can help you find the desk and other furniture that is right for you and your office environment. Contact us today.