Archive for December 21st, 2009

By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Some times ago I blogged about the Walkstation from Steelcase. (Link here.) Now it looks like the idea of treadmills attached to desks is gathering steam–and coming down a bit in price. Read the excerpt from a article in Vocus/PRWEB.

Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus/PRWEB ) December 10, 2009 — A new research project for scientists at the University of Utah has been announced which will focus on a series of workplace wellness studies designed to test the effectiveness of walking slowly while working, utilizing a treadmill desk known as the TrekDesk.

Dr. Elizabeth Joy of the University of Utah

The first in a series of proposed studies will focus on damage caused in the workplace to employee’s spines. Eight out of ten Americans will suffer from back pain and injury at some point in their adult lives. The study will do a comparative analysis of spinal compression caused by office chairs versus the compression reducing qualities of walking.

“We evolved as a species to be upright. We have less loading actually of the joints and our back standing than we do sitting. We actually lubricate the joints in our lower extremities, in our hips, in our knees and our ankles through movement,” states lead scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Joy, Director, Utah Health Research Network (UHRN). Dr. Joy has an extensive background in workplace wellness issues and has long lobbied for the re-engineering of work environments to allow for more physical movement.

Treadmill desks are currently in use at many Fortune 500 companies and small businesses across America and have been shown effective in boosting energy, productivity, preventing disease, assisting in weight loss and restoring health.

Many employers faced with declining employee health and rising health care costs now see the need for a radical change in the workspace and a need for more healthy solutions. The current challenge for most employers is finding a solution that is affordable since treadmill desks may retail between $4,500 and $6,000.

A treadmill desk manufacturer based in Phoenix, AZ recently released the TrekDesk, which, priced at 1/10 the cost of comparable models, is the subject of many of the proposed studies. TrekDesk is a full sized, height adjustable workstation designed to attach to an existing treadmill.

“We are thrilled that the University recognizes the myriad health benefits of treadmill desks and are honored that the TrekDesk has been chosen for further study due to its affordability and design,” states Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk. “With rising obesity rates and skyrocketing health care costs it is time to realize that the sedentary design of the workplace must be changed,” states Bordley, “once employers adopt measures to keep their employees moving during the day they will see a boost in productivity and a decrease in sick days and health care costs.”

Read the entire article in Vocus/PRWEB here.

Working Well Says: The TrekDesk is available from Amazon for about $479. However, this does not include the cost of the treadmill which can run another $380 on up. In addition, if you purchase the TrekDesk, you must make sure that whatever treadmill you buy to work with it can fit so that the treadmill display and handlebars can fit behind the desk not blocking your entry to the desk. Overall, we are happy to see the price of walkable workstations decreasing. $800-$1000 is lot less than the Steelcase Walkstations $4500 price tag!

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