Keen to become a Walk & Work trial volunteer?

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In most offices, the workday is spent sitting down the majority of the day. Breaking up the sedentary day with walking or cycling, even in bouts of 10 to 30 minutes twice a day, can reduce blood glucose levels. A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed this type of exercise during the day can make a big difference to your health.

Researchers asked nine overweight people who didn’t have diabetes to do 10- to 30-minute interval sessions of standing, walking, or biking twice a day. That resulted in 5 to 12 percent lower average blood glucose levels compared with straight sitting for eight hours a day. 

We would like to learn what difference such daily activity intervals would make for somebody with type 2 diabetes, and would like to get in touch with somebody who is diagnosed with diabetes to incorporate walking in their workday, using a treadmill desk.

So… please get in touch if:

  • You are diagnosed with diabetes, and are experienced managing your blood glucose levels
  • You have an office job, and are currently sitting during your workday
  • You work in Cape Town (or suburbs)
  • You have your own office, or the permission of your employer to use a treadmill desk in the office
  • You’re fit to walk
  • You have informed your medical practitioner about the use of a treadmill desk, and have received the go ahead
  • You would like to take up the opportunity to start walking while working, starting slowly at 2x 15 minutes a day, and are committed to walk daily (as your health allows).

If you meet these requirements, please get in touch for a treadmill desk trial. We would like to test whether similar positive results to manage blood glucose levels can be achieved. This study is not part of an official medical science research, and no medical institutions are involved in this study. 

We would install the treadmill desk free of charge, and will be available for queries & support. We cannot provide medical advice. You will have the opportunity to try out the treadmill desk for a period of 1 month. We would in return like to hear about your experience, and learn about the difference the daily walks are making to your blood glucose readings.

Similar 1-month trials have been conducted with other groups, and these trials are primarily done to get user feedback as part of understanding the benefits and creating further awareness around active workstations. In doing so our aim is to change the traditional office space setups, towards healthier and more productive work spaces.

Contact us for more information on hello@walkandwork.co.za or call 021 0125999


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