More and more people are working in offices and are spending more than six hours a day seated in front of their desks working and not getting enough exercise. Staring at a computer can be quite mentally tiring so it’s not a surprise that when you do get home from work you just want to curl up on the couch and relax. The problem is that most of us are not walking the minimum amount that we should per day which is 10,000 steps. This might seem like a lot, but that’s between 40-60 minutes, when put like that seems achievable. Some might argue that they don’t have the time to achieve this, but the office furniture manufacturer Steelcase may have the answer.
Their response to this is to combine a height adjustable office desk with a treadmill which Steelcase call the “Walkstation”. When first hearing this it sounds absurd, but when seeing this in action it seems like a fantastic idea. The idea is that employees are able to use the treadmill at a slow speed for around about 30 minutes to bring up their average amount of walking per day whilst still being able to all the tasks that they would do if they were sitting at their ergonomic, operator or executive chair. Obviously, like all technology, the price is so high that only the big names such as Google, eBay, Kraft Foods etc… can afford to buy them, but over time you could see one of these appearing in your office.