Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for many negative health outcomes. One study was published in Sports Science for Health Until I found that sitting can have negative effects on mental safetyin addition to files physical health.
So, of course, one of the main benefits of a treadmill desk is that it encourages you to stay active throughout the day, even when you’re chained to a computer or stuck in a meeting. “In my opinion, doing extra activity during the day is always a good thing,” says Elite Personal Trainer Shihab Sumner, CPTFounder Fairfax Training Club in Los Angeles, California.
“With a treadmill desk, you can really take your steps while you get your work done…plus you’re more likely to have good posture with this setup.” He points out that this could be especially useful for anyone who has a stressful and busy job and doesn’t have many opportunities to leave their office for a vacation on foot.
Soumner points out that it’s important to be vigilant while multitasking with the treadmill under the desk — you don’t want to stumble or get caught in the middle of a meeting. To mitigate this risk, consider acclimating slowly to your new office setup. Perhaps start with a meeting on foot first, before moving on to emails or more intense writing activities.
Another potential drawback: the cost. While walking is a free fitness activity, under-desk treadmills are not — but there are some budget-friendly options to consider.
If a treadmill desk aligns with your personal budget and lifestyle, it is a great tool to support your wellbeing goals.
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