Even the most comfortable of office chairs can wreak havoc on your back. The more time you spend sitting in a chair, the greater your risk of developing back and strain issues. With a treadmill desk, you never have to worry about your posture because you’re forced to stand up straight.
Walking has been proven to reduce back pain just as effectively as physical therapy, but at a much more affordable price. Even if you aren’t suffering from back pain, you can prevent future injuries and pain just by walking or standing while you work.
The message is clear stand more. Move more. Sit less. According to the latest research it is evident that we sit too much, especially during the working day. The average UK office worker sits for an average of 11.5 hours a day when you take into consideration time spend commuting, at their desk and relaxing in the evening. Though a person may achieve the recommended daily and weekly amount of exercise and live a relatively healthy lifestyle it’s proven to not be enough to counter act the negative effects of sitting. Walking at work is a great solution and prevents your metabolic processes from shutting down (which is what happens once you sit down) and will lead to you feeling more energized throughout the day.
In an effort to combat this issue, office workers are encouraged to make changes to their daily routine. To achieve these goals many employers are now introducing new workplace solutions into the office such as sit/stand desks and treadmill desks. Every year British business loses more than 20 million working days through work-related illness and injury. Nearly half of these are due to back pain, joint and repetitive strain injuries. This imposes a heavy cost on employers with lost productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover.
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John Thurgood director of the The Treadmill Desk Store comments “Although sit/stand desks are fantastic, walkers naturally adopt a much better posture. When walking and working at a treadmill desk it’s very hard to slump and get into bad habits, as it encourages users to stand up straight. Many users have reported that they have seen dramatic improvements in their posture over a relatively short period of time, which has then helped to relieve them of any aches and pains they may have been experiencing. In our opinion anything that gets workers out of their office chairs has got to be a good thing.”
There are basic ergonomic tips to consider when setting up a treadmill desk or a sit/stand desk:
- The top of your monitor should be at or just below eye level so that the user does not have to tilt the head up or bend their neck down to see the monitor.
- Your head and neck should be balanced and in-line with the torso.
- Your shoulders should be relaxed
- Elbows should be close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees
- Wrists and hands are straight, in-line and parallel to the floor