You may have heard about the guideline to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher. This equates to 8 kilometres a day – yet the average person walks less than half this. Inactivity and related obesity can lead to a myriad of chronic health problems.
A trip to the gym cannot undo the health damage caused by having spent the day inactive in a sedentary office environment. Let's examine some of the health benefits the body derives when it is able to walk slowly on a treadmill desk for short periods during the day.
Walking is the best medicine
Listen in as these physicians explain the benefits of walking, which include reduced cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. There is no pill that can give you what walking offers.
What are the benefits?
Walking is a popular and simple exercise that most people can do with ease. From increased happiness to a longer life, there are plenty of great reasons to start walking today!
Top 10 Articles on walking
New evidence is challenging the sedentary modern lifestyle and arguing for a new paradigm. These articles
demonstrate the need for a shift to a more active lifestyle.
- Reduces the risk of cancers 30-70% (source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)).
- 50% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes (source: American Diabetes Association).
- 90% reduction in risk of initial heart attacks (source: American Heart Association).
- 70% reduction in the risk of stroke (source: American Heart Association).
- Stimulates the lymphatic system and wards off disease.
- Reduces stress and depression symptoms 30%–47% faster and more effectively than medications (source: Harvard Medical School).
- Improves memory and cognitive abilities as much as 15% in a 6-month period (source: University of Illinois).
- A workout at work with a Treadmill Desk slows physical and mental aging processes.
- Stimulates brain function, improving memory as much as 15% over a 6-month period.
- Increases blood flow to the brain and increases productivity.
- Improves mood and wards off mild depression without medication.
- Weight loss of up to 20–30 kg in a single year without restrictive dieting.
- Switches on the body’s metabolic furnace for more efficient calorie burning.
- Promotes significant weight loss and control of appetite.
- Reduces overall body fat working out at work with a Treadmill Desk.
- Increases overall fitness levels and health.
- Strengthens the immune system, prevents disease and restores health.
- Prevents bone loss (osteoporosis).
- Stimulates release of dopamine, increasing levels of happiness.
- Increases strength of leg and back muscles.
- Increases levels of self-satisfaction and wellness.
- Increases flexibility and coordination, reducing risks of falls.