Benefits of walking

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.

 


 

    • 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.