Article By Steve Stearns
I would always rather be out on the trail experiencing my next adventure then trapped inside, behind my desk at the office. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you spend more time at your desk than you do outside doing what you love. Think about how fit you could be if you had a workout desk, if you could burn calories and keep your heart healthy even while working on that spreadsheet.
You no longer need to imagine what it would be like. There are workout desks available for home and office which are ergonomic, inexpensive and provide a number of remarkable health advantages. Within this article you’ll find out a few of the incredible advantages that are possible to achieve by using a workout desk and I’ll review three of the most popular options available.
You’ve known for sometime that walking is good for you. It keeps your heart strong, it’s low impact on the joints and it allows you to feel better overall. However, there’s more data coming out on a regular basis that suggests walking may help reduce your risk of serious health problems as well.
Recent studies have shown that walking can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes stroke and even cancer. Unfortunately, many American professionals walk less than fifty percent of the steps required during the day to achieve these health benefits.
If you’re uncertain how many steps you’re taking per day you can pick up an affordable pedometer and compute your daily totals.
The ADA, AHA and NIH say that Walking just 10,000 steps per day can:
- Reduce the rate of Type II diabetes by 50% – American Diabetes Association
- Reduce initial heart attack rate by 90% – American Heart Association
- Reduce stroke rate by 70% – American Heart Association
- Reduce cancer rate between 30 -70% National Institutes of Health
Moreover, walking provides general health benefits, reduces stress, can provide more energy, better sleep, fight fatigue and much more.
Typically, if you walk for an hour you take anywhere from 4000-6000 steps. Using a workout desk, you could easily top 10,000 steps a day and be able to realize the health benefits outlined above.
If you haven’t looked at treadmill desks in awhile you might imagine a sizable piece of furniture. In reality, today’s models are modest, lightweight and can be customized to fit your existing treadmill. Most models come with cup holders, a place for your phone, files, and computer keyboard or laptop.With everything you need close by, you can be a productive employee even while maintaining a slow and steady pace on your treadmill.
These units are fully adjustable so that your work surface can be set at the appropriate height for you. When you’re done you may even choose to fold up your desk and treadmill to further maximize your office space.
There’s a wide array of desks to consider and something that fits every budget, starting with the SurfShelf Treadmill Desk which is a shelf that attaches to your treadmill or stationary bike to hold your laptop or apple iPad. While not ideal for most office professionals, the SurfShelf does provide for some good multi-tasking options and sells for under $50.00.
If you already have a treadmill, incorporating a workout desk like the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk is a simple and affordable way to add a workout into your work life. With plenty of space to satisfy your needs, it costs less than $500.00 and is an outstanding option for either home or office.
If you don’t have a treadmill there are additional solutions which come complete with one like the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk. At over $1000.00 it’s higher priced than the TrekDesk, still considering you’re getting a desk and treadmill it’s a good value.
If you spend a lot of time working in a sedentary position you might be missing out on some of the health benefits associated with walking. Utilizing a workout desk and walking while you work benefits your health, will keep you focused, effective and prepared for your next weekend adventure.
Steve Stearns provides practical advice, articles and information to keep you motivated to get outside and in-shape at http://www.outsidehealthandfitness.com