You loved our blog on 'spinning at your desk', so this week, we're helping you explore another option of getting more active physically, while boosting your mental productivity powers too.
As previously mentioned, when you incorporate activity throughout your workday, you not only improve your cardiovascular function such as metabolism, cognitive function, energy and focus, but you're also creating internal changes to fight off CV disease, obesity, diabetes and even certain cancers. With an increase of overweight and obese people rising to 67% in 2017-18, from 63.4% two years earlier in Australia; we need to make sure we're helping pave the way for 'workplace wellness' now - more than ever.
With an increase of overweight and obese people rising to 67% in 2017-18, from 63.4% two years earlier; we need to make sure we're helping pave the way for 'workplace wellness' now more than ever.
Just to highlight that point again, that's 12.5 MILLION Australian adults or 1/3 of the adult population of our nation. Not only does that callout how our health and exercise habits are changing, but the statistics from the Australian Department of Health also reports that 24.9% of children (5-17 year olds) are also overweight (17%) and obese (8.1%), clearly following in their parents footsteps.
Now that we have your attention, let's review the idea of a 'treadmill desk' huh?
WHAT IS IT?
Treadmill desks come in many options depending on what you research, your price range, your desired results and your contacts. Basically though, it's a low-pace treadmill with a height adjustable standing desk in front as represented below:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The user is able to set up the height of their desk and workstation as they would for a standing desk, while the treadmill portion is attached in some cases, or completely separate in others, allowing it to be 'time-shared' by employees. It offers staff the option of incorporating physical activity into their daily regime without disrupting their workload, thus generating an environment of more engaged, more productive workers while boosting overall morale.
While models vary from country to country, they mostly tap out at about 3 km p/h as a safety precaution, while allowing users the ability to record data such as speed, calories burned, distance covered and time spent being active. Not only are they easy to install in a breakout-space akin to the modern workplace, but some models are incredibly portable allowing them to be easily incorporated in smaller office environments and shared amongst employees.
WHY IS IT EFFECTIVE?
SImple answer: it encourages movement in the ever-growing 'stress-pace' of the workplace, raising opportunity to walk at a slow pace vs. sitting or standing. This allows blood flow to surge from feet-to-head, boosting metabolism, brain function, energy and endorphin production. While it's a great way to increase the blood circulation vital for brain power and keeping your mind actively engaged, it's also an effective way of keeping workers warm as they brave the cool chill of a Melbourne winter.
So, tell us, could a treadmill desk be your companies next thing?
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team