You know how sitting at your desk all day long hunched in front of a computer not moving, ever, can be sort of terrible for your health and can make you feel awful about your career and your physical existence as a human? Fear not! The University of Missouri has got a solution for you.
Walk while you work. That's right, folks -- it's the "treadmill desk."
"It makes sense that we find ways to be physically active," Steve Ball, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, tells Daily RFT. "It improves the work environment. You don't feel as confined to your chair."
Ball and several colleagues have now walked many miles in their offices for many hours every work day. Video evidence below.
Here's footage that Mizzou sent out yesterday:
Doesn't that look fun?!
It's not just good for users, Ball says. It's good for employers, too.
"Employers are starting to realize the benefits of healthy employees," says Ball, who is also an MU Extension state fitness specialist. "Healthier employees work better."
Nikki Raedeke, director of the dietetics program at the college of human environmental sciences, has walked 446 miles since January, the equivalent of traveling from St. Louis to Kansas City and back on Interstate 70, Mizzou reports.
Ball says he has been walking at his desk for about a year. "It just becomes routine."
He adds, "I type just as well on the computer standing as I can sitting."
Ball says he'll greet students while walking or standing up -- and notes that with the desk treadmill, colleagues and others are more inclined to stop by and chat with him, as it is pretty unique.
If you're not able to get one of these things, standing is pretty good, too, Ball says.
Or, you know, going outside and walking on a short break can help you be slightly more healthy.
"It's definitely better than no exercise, but it's not designed to be exercise," Ball notes. "For most people, walking two miles an hour is better than nothing, but you're probably not going to get a huge cardiovascular benefit out of it."
He says, "In other words, you still need to go to the gym."
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