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In Honor of Labor Day Weekend: The Treadmill Desk

 
 
By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2010-09-02 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

treadmill desk.jpgEver feel like your life is full of doing the same task over and over again? Does it seem like you are on a treadmill, figuratively? Well, now you can also be on one, literally, while you are working.

In honor of Labor Day weekend, we bring you the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. Now you don't have to take a break to go to the gym. You can walk your way through your workday with this desk that attaches to your treadmill. Whether you are talking to customers on the phone, emailing clients, participating in a video conference, creating business intelligence reports or writing a white paper, you can do it all from this treadmill desk. Why not order lunch in. Who needs to ever leave their desk again?

But researchers apparently say that walking slowly for a long time is good for you - both body and mind. For instance, the makers of this treadmill desk recently pointed out a new study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that shows that walking enhances connectivity within brain circuits. Plus walking also improves cognition and combats the decline in brain function normally associated with aging, the study said.

The study followed 65 previously sedentary adults aged 59 to 80 and joined a walking or stretching and toning group for a period of twelve months. The researchers also measured brain activity in 32 adults aged between 18-35 years of age.

This study and others led by University of Illinois psychology professor and Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer have shown that walking can increase memory and cognitive abilities by as much as 15 percent in 6 months and increase the production of small blood vessels in the brain by 43 percent in the same duration. That's important because it's the brain networking that maintains cognitive abilities, he said.

Looks like the makers of this desk have an affiliate program if any channel partners are interested in adding this product to their offerings.

Makers of the treadmill desk say their product enables employees to walk slowly all day long as they work, reducing the sedentary nature of the workplace.  Which is great. But this weekend, in honor of Labor Day, we think you should leave your desk behind and take a hike outside instead.