Even Treadmill Desks Don’t Make Up For Too Much Sitting

By: Laura Geggel
Published: 02/11/2015 10:15 AM EST on LiveScience

Desks that have built-in treadmills may help people walk more at the office, but workers who use the equipment still don’t get enough exercise to meet recommendations, a new study finds.

And in fact, treadmill desks pose a number of logical challenges that may be hard for companies to accommodate, ranging from uncooperative supervisors to scheduling problems, the researchers found.

“Treadmill desks aren’t an effective replacement for regular exercise, and the benefits of the desks may not justify the cost and other challenges that come with implementing them,” the study’s lead researcher John Schuna Jr., an assistant professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

In the study, researchers recruited 41 overweight and obese people with desk jobs at a private health insurance company. The scientists randomly assigned 21 of these people to use shared treadmill desks, and 20 of the people to a control group with regular desks. Those in the treadmill group did not use the treadmill desks at all times, but rather signed up for specific time slots. [Beyond Vegetables and Exercise: 5 Surprising Ways to —> Read More Here


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