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But not everyone wants one, Harik said. Some workers find it too distracting to incorporate standing or walking into their work, and some feel they are just not coordinated enough to multitask as they exercise.
Levine said he was at first skeptical that a standup desk would offer improvements in health comparable to treadmill desks or other moving workstations.
"It appears I was completely wrong," he said. "Once you're off your bottom, it's inevitable that you start meandering around. Within two minutes of standing, one activates a series of metabolic processes that are beneficial. Once you sit, all of those things get switched off."
Denise Bober, director of human resources at The Breakers, the resort hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., said having a treadmill desk in her office has made a big difference in how she feels after work.
"The more movement and interaction I have, the more energy I have at the end of the day," she said.
Bober spends one to three hours walking when she's in the office, usually at 2 mph.
"If I go faster, then I make too many typing errors, but if I'm just reading a report I can go faster," she said.
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Posted: 2013-09-19 @ 11:03am PT
I've been using a treadmill desk for quite a while now and I have to say I've noticed a huge improvement in productivity, plus I don't have to spend quite as much at the gym as I used to. If you're interested in a treadmill desk like the LifeSpan treadmills mentioned here (I use a TR800), check us out at thehumansolution.com!
Posted: 2013-09-18 @ 7:49am PT
I stand at work due to lower back pain from a car accident. I don't have a microsoft sized budget, but have been very happy with the stand steady from amazon (www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E0ODMAC) which fits both my monitors. Also critical is wearing the right shoes, which sometimes gets overlooked in these conversations.