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By Chris Sovey, DPT, PT, RN,BSN
Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death. – Dr. James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic collaborative with Arizona State University.
I cannot state enough how true this resonates with me. I grew up fascinated with video games and technology. They were, and still are to a degree, my guilty pleasure. I got outside a lot, but sure did spend a significant amount of time in front of a screen.
Unfortunately, screen time takes its toll on the body. Especially if it involves sitting. We sit to get an education. We sit at our jobs. We sit when we come home from our jobs. It really adds up. To compound the issue, an hour of exercise per day rarely counters the deleterious effects of sitting for 6-8 hours per day.
Enter the treadmill desk. It is quite the rage right now. Companies are booming with new standing or treadmill desk products. Each have their own bells and whistles, but the concept is simple: to get you out of your chair. The products aren’t meant to replace regular exercise, but honestly… the stagnation is killing us.
I first started remodeling my “desk health” by purchasing a standing desk. I went with the “VariDesk Pro” after extensive research. (Perhaps I will do a review of this product in the future.) It was easy to use and relatively affordable. After tinkering around with the desk for about a month, I decided I needed to take things one step further. (No pun intended) I knew it was the stagnation more than anything that was detrimental to my well-being.
I plunged into the realm of treadmill desks. Treadmill desks are essentially the equivalent of a regular treadmill without the railings. The “console” has been detached and typically sits on a desk surface.
They are usually cheaper than a regular treadmill. Some people have rigged other treadmills to function as a treadmill desk, but I was not that inclined to do so. There are all kinds of research on this if you search for “DIY Treadmill Desk.”
After weeks of pouring over product reviews, I settled on the Rebel Treadmill 1000. As of this writing, the Rebel Treadmill 1000 desk is just shy of $750 with shipping. I have been delighted with the product so far.
When I talk about my results, I am speaking in general terms of my experience with treadmill desks. Since receiving and using my treadmill desk, I have noticed a significant increase in my productivity, clarity of thought, and general feeling of wellness. I tend not to put things off as much. Words flow easier. I don’t sit staring at the screen nearly as much. In fact, I am blasting out this article in about half the time it typically takes.
It is critical to note that the actual height of the keyboard and mouse must be accurately placed to avoid hunching over during the use of a treadmill desk. See my video above for more details.
Have you experienced a treadmill desk? If so, what are your thoughts?