The Truth About Walking while you Work
April 15, 2016
By: Heather Lielmanis
It is true – the concept of working while walking on a treadmill is new. Thanks to the invention of the WalkTopTM, it is now easy to transform almost any treadmill into a walking desk, allowing you to be productive in tasks that require a desk while you walk at a slow pace.
When introduced to the idea of a treadmill desk, some people light up as though this is the solution they’ve been waiting for. Many can relate to the negative side effects associated with sitting for long periods of time. Many are aware that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy. And, just about everyone I know finds it difficult to be more active in their life because of the heavy demands of work.
Others are not so sure. There are skeptics who say “I could never walk and work at the same time.” I can completely understand this sentiment. It is different. For someone who has always worked in a traditional office setting, it isn’t easy to imagine doing it any other way.
For these skeptics, we, here at Fitneff, always have one thing to say: Just try it.
When someone tries the WalkTopTM for the first time, he or she is often surprised at how easy it is to focus on a book, computer or notepad, while walking. We have the ability to walk, something that is so innate, while also doing something else, such as reading, typing or talking on the phone.
Here are some other interesting truths you might be surprised to learn about walking while you work.
- Fitneff recommends a maximum walking speed of 2 MPH, or a little over 3 km per hour, while working. This low speed, low-impact activity is all it takes to get the body moving.
- The movement that can be achieved while using a WalkTopTM is valuable in breaking up otherwise sedentary activities, but it is not meant to replace a more rigorous, higher-intensity workout. If you do workout regularly, it does not mean that you are unaffected by subsequent long periods of sitting. Even those who exercise regularly are advised to take breaks from sitting, and to engage in regular movement throughout the day.
- If you are a loyal WalkTopTM user, and have walked at regular intervals on a given day, the WalkTopTM may serve as a standing desk when the treadmill has been turned off. The simple act of standing can improve circulation and oxygen flow, and is preferable to sitting for long periods of time.
The basic principle to offsetting the risks of sedentary behavior is regular movement. Whether you choose to stand, or to walk, or a combination of both, you will experience the many benefits of breaking up long periods of sitting. Just try it. We’d love to know how it goes.
Heather Lielmanis is the VP of Business Development at Fitneff Inc. Fitneff is dedicated to providing innovative products and solutions that help busy people make their productive time more active. Fitneff offers a full suite of walking desks, sit-stand desks and active accessories that allow you to incorporate movement into your work day.