By now, everyone has probably heard how sitting for extended periods of time is bad for your health. The Surgeon General recommends a minimum of 10,000 steps or five miles per day, yet the average American walks less than half of this amount, which leads to chronic health problems brought on by inactivity.
In the work environment, sitting for long hours is the norm. We spend many hours a day in front of a computer typing, surfing the web, and Tweeting. During a typical workday, Americans spend as much as 95 percent of the day sitting.
The treadmill desk and height-adjustable work surfaces are designed to change sedentary work environments. Consisting of a desk with an integrated control console, the treadmill desk still allows users to accomplish daily tasks like e-mails, phone calls, and typing while being a bit more active. The console displays speed, distance, steps taken, time spent, and calories burned. It also allows users to synchronize data with an online account where they can set goals and track their walking progress. The treadmill desk has a quiet motor that is ideal for the corporate or home office.
Adjustable-height workstations allow workers to raise and lower their work surface and monitor throughout the day, permitting them to sit or stand while working. From companies such as Google and Facebook and classrooms from elementary to university level, height-adjustable tables are starting to become more popular.
If you don’t have access to a treadmill desk or height-adjustable work surface, you can still find creative ways to move more throughout the workday. Here are a few ideas:
Stand up while you talk on the phone.
Every time you finish a task, take a stretching break.
Remind yourself to get up and move. Set a reminder on your phone that goes off every hour.
Take the stairs, not the elevator.
Don’t roll your office chair. Get up and walk instead.
Our bodies are made to move, so get moving! Stop by the All Makes showroom at 25th and Farnam to see what’s new in the office and to demo the treadmill desk and height-adjustable work surfaces. The All Makes team is trained to help you make furniture and business equipment purchases that fit your office atmosphere, your work style, and your budget.
Visit the All Makes showroom at 25th and Farnam streets in Omaha to see the latest office furniture and design trends on display. The All Makes team is trained to help you make design and furniture purchases that fit your office atmosphere, your work style, and your budget.