Walking Desks In Workplaces: Pros & Cons

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Today 71 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, so it’s important that everyone incorporates more exercise into their daily routine. With treadmill or walking desks, you can walk in place while you complete your work. The popularity of these desks has increased in recent years, but there are some disadvantages as well.

Treadmill desks are a part of a growing healthily office movement, which both employees and employers benefit from. According to experts, healthier employees are good for business. Healthy employees are less likely to call in sick, and businesses are more likely to save money due to lower absenteeism. Healthier employees also mean lower health care costs and fewer insurance claims for the company, as well as a potential boost in company morale.

Before you start your search, there are some pros and cons to treadmill desks that you should consider.

The Cons of Treadmill Desks

The costs

A walking or treadmill desk can be a great investment for your health, but it does come at a cost. These specialty treadmills can cost thousands of dollars. You can try to cut the costs by creating your own desktop, but you’ll still have to pay for the treadmill and find a place to put it.

The initial loss of productivity and cognitive skills

According to a yearlong treadmill desk study, productivity among the participants declined during the initial 24 weeks. It took time for the participants to adjust to the new working position and the multitasking skills required. Another study found that people who worked on a treadmill instead of at a sitting desk performed a bit lower on learning and typing tests.

Can be a bit uncomfortable

Depending on your speed and the length of your walk you might get a little sore and sweaty. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when using your walking desk. 

The Pros of Treadmill Desks

Exercise boost

The federal guideline for physical exercise is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Slow walking on a treadmill cannot replace this exercise, but it is better for your health than sitting down for hours. And in another yearlong study participants lost weight while using the walking desk. They lost an average of three to seven pounds.

Protects against negative health conditions

According to an expert, beginners should aim for 300 minutes treadmill walking per week. Five hours per week at a treadmill desk can help protect against diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression.

Lowers stress

Walking also adds a new dimension to your working routine. It can boost your mood and make you more motivated to work. Because of these small changes, workers may experience less stress.