Announcing the launch of a completely new way of working in South African offices, Juliet McGuire has shed some light on the treadmill desk concept, broadcasted on national television in eNCA's Tech Report.
Juliet has tried out the treadmill desk in our Walk & Work offices, interviewing Jan Folmer about the benefits of using the treadmill desk. The 4-minute video provides a good summary of the health benefits of incorporating a walking routine into your working day. And it wouldn't be TechReport if the technical features of our LifeSpan treadmill desks weren't explored too!
Treadmill Desks have become increasingly popular in the US and UK in recent years, and with the deteriorating health as a result of lifestyle changes in South Africa there's a need to follow suit. South African companies will benefit tremendously by providing facilities for a more active working day as part of their wellness plan for employees.
Research by Professor James Levine concluded that if sitting computer-time were replaced by walking-and-working, energy expenditure could increase by 100 kcal/h. Thus, if obese individuals were to replace time spent sitting at the computer with walking computer time by 2-3 h/day, and if other components of energy balance were constant, a weight loss of 20 to 30 kg/year could occur. Consider the benefits of this in relation to overall health and energy levels, reflecting in less absenteeism and higher productivity.
Higher productivity as further studies have shown that â€œthat overall work performance, quality and quantity of performance, and interactions with coworkers improved as a result of adoption of treadmill workstations. This was the result of a 12-month-long experiment in a financial services company to study how the availability of treadmill workstations affects employees' physical activity and work performance. Sedentary volunteers were enlisted, half of whom received treadmill workstations during the first two months of the study and the rest in the seventh month of the study. Participants could operate the treadmills at speeds of 1 to 2 mph and could use a standard chair-desk arrangement at will. Weekly online performance surveys were administered to participants and their supervisors, as well as to all other sedentary employees and their supervisors. Using within-person statistical analyses, it was found that overall work performance, quality and quantity of performance, and interactions with coworkers improved as a result of adoption of treadmill workstations.