Treadmill Desks Boost Productivity

Invest in a treadmill desk if you want to boost your office productivity. With Easter just around the corner we all need a little help to burn off the calories.

As we all strive to be more active during the working day, treadmill desks have been found to benefit our wellbeing and also work performance. According to a 12-month study carried out by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management*, treadmill desks improve health, performance and our ability to cope with stress.

Now, this does not mean you need to replicate Mo Farah or Usain Bolt. Treadmill speed can be set at sedate 2mph or whatever you feel comfortable with. Of course, the speed will also be reliant on the task you are performing.

Typing or using a mouse whilst moving can take some getting used to. However, the results of the study found performance levels increased following the introduction of the treadmills.

It was also discovered that whilst participants of the study walked slower when speaking on the telephone or writing, their speed increased when thinking about complex problems.

This latest study is in contrast to previous ones looking at the effects of treadmill desks on workers. A study back in 2009 found a 10% reduction in the ability to perform fine tasks such as typing. Others state the ability to solve mathematical problems reduces.

So why has there been this change in thinking? It would appear that the benefits take a few months to materialise. Employees need time to get used to this new way of working and multitasking.

Treadmill Desks Better for Health

In addition to making a positive impact on work performance, there are other long term benefits to the employee. Over the course of the year, participants in this study lost on average eight pounds in weight. This weight loss can aid the prevention of a number of conditions including; diabetes, vascular disease and osteoporosis.

Make a Start, Five Minutes at a Time

Even if you do not have access to a treadmill desk you can still take small steps towards being more active during the working day. If you have got in that habit of not moving from your desk for 8 hours, now is the time to make a change.

The New York Times reports a mere five minutes of walking improves your mood, energy and happiness levels. In addition, getting off your chair and having a little wander can also reduce food cravings. So, get walking.

*You can read the full study published in the science and medical journal PLOS ONE here.

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