It may take some getting used to, but there are strong indications that treadmill desks will become the working surface of the future. The concept is not to exercise on the job, but rather to perpetually keep your body’s metabolism above a normal resting rate – which simply cannot happen if you sit at a desk all day.
Recently Consumer Reports tested two treadmill desks, asking staff members to type, read a computer screen, talk on the phone, and surf the Internet. Participants found the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk easier to work and walk on, and this was their preferred choice of treadmill desk.
In Oakdale, Minnesota, 36 employees (25 of whom were women) were given treadmill desks in place of their regular office desks and chairs. They were evaluated six months, and then 12 months later. The results were very positive, with obese employees in particular losing weight and increasing daily physical activity considerably.
Taking the idea one step further, Utah-based Dropship.com, has refurnished its offices with about ten LifeSpan Treadmill Desks because they find their employees get tired if they have to sit constantly for eight or more hours a day. Reports are that the employees using these desks are happier and more productive.