Last Updated on August 29, 2017 by Rachael Kraft
There’s a good chance many people who read this will be standing nervously by the end of the article. I know I was…
Every day, more scientists are talking about the negative side effects of sitting hour after hour, day after day. In fact, the World Health Organization lists physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for death.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time can compromise metabolic health and put you at much higher risk for some pretty terrifying health risks.
A report in Scientific American cited 18 studies over a period of 16 years covering 800,000 people and concluded that, “Americans sit for most of their waking hours, 13 hours every day on average.”
One of the main reasons that people sit too much is because they are shackled to a desk at work. Here are some health risks associated with long days in a desk chair…
Overall, people who sit the most compared to those who sit the least are at a 49% greater chance of death from ANY cause. That’s a statistic to make you stand up and take notice!
Dr. James Levine first proposed the idea of a treadmill desk back in 2014. He shared, “that people who use the desks are slimmer, are less stressed, and have lower blood pressure and cholesterol.”
Your brain will benefit from a treadmill desk too.
Dr. Levine wrote, “When we sit down, our mind becomes lazy, just like our body. This is especially true during the low circadian rhythm hours in the early afternoon. When we are moving, those mental lulls, those energy lows, are mitigated because of the increased oxygen pumping through our bodies and into our brains which comes from exercise.”
A treadmill desk can be the perfect solution to keep your body moving, mind alert, and avoid all of the awful effects of sitting day after day. Instead of sitting, you’ll walk along slowly while you take phone calls, work on projects, and ponder the challenges of your daily job.
In the course of one week, a treadmill desk will help you walk up to 30 additional miles. That will equal some serious calories burned!
When you’re looking for a treadmill desk, it’s important that you find one that has a spacious work surface to be practical, electronic connectivity, convenient speed control, and adequate cushioning. Plus, you’ll want the walking surface to be wide enough that you can stroll along while concentrating on your work without worrying about stepping off the side.
Some treadmill desks have powerful motors and can reach speeds of 8.0 MPH so they would easily work as a running treadmill during your work breaks. Others are limited to just a few miles per hour.
There are also different desk configurations available. Some models are able to convert between a standing and sitting desk by using a fold-away treadmill surface. Or, you can opt to buy a treadmill that slips under an existing desk or table that you have at home.
Here at Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, we’ve tested out and studied several types of treadmill desks from different brands. Here is our current list of treadmill desk reviews:
NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum ($1,999) – Our top treadmill desk recommendation. Converts between a sitting and walking desk with 3.0 CHP motor, 10% incline, 60” length, and iFit Live fitness tracking capability.
NordicTrack Treadmill Desk ($999) – This is a great low price for sitting or walking hybrid machine, 2.6 CHP motor, 55” belt length, and iFit compatibility.
Life Fitness Treadmill Desk ($4,599) – The quality of Life Fitness machines is about as good as you can get, but the price may be restrictive to some.
LifeSpan TR800 DT3 and DT5 ($699-1,099) – Use an 18×53” surface and 4.0 MPH speed limit. Choose from a desktop or desktop-free model.
LifeSpan TR1200 DT3, DT5, and DT7 ($999-1,499) – Based on the popular LifeSpan TR1200i treadmill. Choose from three different configurations with a 4.0 MPH speed limitation.
LifeSpan TR5000 DT3, DT5, and DT7 ($1,499-1,999) – A 20×50” walking surface and choice of two different desk sizes. The DT3 is a desktop free model that can slip under your table.