You may have heard about potential health benefits for active workstations. Whether you are working from home or simply use your computer for recreation for long periods of time, adding an active workstation to your home office can help you improve your health. However, since active workstations can be relatively expensive, they may not be worth the investment for all people. Before you make the investment, learn more to determine whether they are right for you.
The biggest determinant for whether active workstations are a good investment for you is how much time you spend at your workstation. Are you a casual computer user who spends less than 30 minutes a day on your home computer? If so, then an active workstation may not give you any benefits. However, that is not always true. If you are sedentary at work and unable to get an active workstation there, then another 30 minutes being sedentary at home is only going to make a bad situation work. While a treadmill desk should not take the place of regular exercise, it can supplement your current routine.
Why are active workstations helpful? First, we know that the more time you spend sitting down, the greater your risk of an early death. So, reducing your time sitting is believed to provide health benefits. To understand why, it is important to realize that the more sedentary you are, the greater your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Even just standing during activities helps reduce your risk.
You also get short-term benefits from using an active workstation. Increase your productivity, mental acuity, balance, and coordination by incorporating more movement into your day. The movement does not have to be taxing; a treadmill desk can provide you with many benefits. Regular exercise can also help boost your immunity, making you less likely to get ill.
Using an active workstation at home can also help you lose weight, but not necessarily in the way you think it would. Sure, using a treadmill burns some calories. Think about 300 calories for an hour of brisk walking. However, what might be more important for many people is that you are less likely to snack while you are walking than you are if you are sitting.
Think an active workstation might be right for you? Contact us to explore your options and find out more about standing desks and treadmills.