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Introducing the treadmill desk- the new way to keep fit at work

A recent study by the University of South Carolina found that men who spent more than 23 hours a week sitting at a desk were 64% more likely to die from a heart attack than men who had active jobs.

One evening four years ago, James Levine, a British scientist, came up with a rather eccentric idea. Instead of workers visiting the gym in their lunch breaks then returning once more to slump at their desks, why not incorporate a treadmill into the desk?

Levine found he could type, make calls and concentrate just as well walking at 2 miles an hour as he could sitting down. After an hour on his make-shift prototype, he’d burned over 100 calories.

Although many people wondered if the scientist was finally flipping, TV stations and newspapers began taking an interest with news reports. All of a sudden, the craze began to spread.

Soon enough the treadmill desk- termed the ‘Walkstation’, had entered into commercial production. Although they cost around $4000, Levine claims that the use of one during the working day could help workers lose 4st.

“When you see a treadmill in an office environment for the first time, it’s kind of strange,” said Craig Dexheimer, director of recruitment company Salo, who recently invested in a number of machines. Soon enough, employees were queuing to use them.

Although the craze hasn’t yet hit the UK market, one innovative man in Edinburgh has, after hearing of his high blood pressure, constructed a walking desk with a treadmill and an IKEA desk- at a cost of £260.

When asked if the novelty of his walking desk will ever wear off, the man said he’d already sold his chair, so he didn’t have much choice.

Exercise is a great way to keep in good health. If you are suffering from health problems as a result of sitting at a desk- and you don’t wish to spend $4000 on a Walkstation, you could see a therapist. To explore the huge amount of therapies on offer, please visit Therapy Topics.

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