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"We don't see the growth slowing down for several years as right now we are just moving from early adopters, which are educated and highly health conscious, to more mainstream users," Schenk said.
With bicycle desks or desk cycles, workers can pedal their way through the day on a small stationary bike mounted under their desk.
Treadmill desks can range from about $800 to $5,000 or more, depending on the manufacturer and model. Desks cycles start as low as $149 for models that can fit under an existing desk but can run $1,400 or more for those with a desk built in. Standup desks can run as low as $250 for platforms that can rest on an existing desk.
Some workers have opted for lower-profile -- and lower-cost -- ways to stay fit at work, such as sitting on giant exercise balls instead of chairs. Using the inflatable balls can help improve posture and strengthen abs, legs and back muscles.
"I've got nurses in my operating room who will use one of those balls instead of a chair," said Michael Maloney, a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Maloney said anyone trying an exercise ball, treadmill desk or moving workstation should approach it with common sense. Those who have not been exercising regularly should start using the equipment in small time increments to avoid injury, he said.
"They have to just do it with some common sense and not overdo it," Maloney said. "Just pay attention to how their body is responding to the new activities."
Georges Harik, founder of the Web-based instant messaging service imo.im in Palo Alto, Calif., bought two treadmill desks for his 20-person office to share three years ago. Employees tend to sort through email or do other work while using the treadmills.
"I do it when I can," he said. "Sometimes it's not possible if you're really thinking hard or programming a lot. But this sort of low-grade activity that keeps people from being sedentary probably helps extend their lives by a few years, and we're big fans of that."
The office has also purchased standing desks for most of its employees. The desks can be raised up or down with the touch of a button, and Harik says at least three or four workers can be seen standing at desks to stretch their legs at any one time. (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-09-19 @ 11:03am PT
I've been using a treadmill desk for quite a while now and I have to say I've noticed a huge improvement in productivity, plus I don't have to spend quite as much at the gym as I used to. If you're interested in a treadmill desk like the LifeSpan treadmills mentioned here (I use a TR800), check us out at thehumansolution.com!
Posted: 2013-09-18 @ 7:49am PT
I stand at work due to lower back pain from a car accident. I don't have a microsoft sized budget, but have been very happy with the stand steady from amazon (www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E0ODMAC) which fits both my monitors. Also critical is wearing the right shoes, which sometimes gets overlooked in these conversations.