Spending long hours on social media sites is a bad habit that might also be bad for your heart. In a recent study, Australian researchers found that regular exercise wasn’t enough to stop the harmful effects of too much time spent in front of the computer. Subjects who sat for just four hours a day were 80 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
Fortunately, the same technology that got us into this mess is trying to help get us out of it. Among the gadgets on display at the BlogWorld and New Media Expo in New York this week are an armband that checks your vital signs and a desk with a built-in treadmill that lets you take a walk while you type.
You might want to stand up for this. The TrekDesk is a work station that fits over a standard treadmill. It’s adjustable for height and comes with helpful cup holders.
The American Heart Association recommends walking 10,000 steps a day to reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. The Trek Desk website promises that walking slowly on a treadmill at work will promote good health without making you too sweaty.
It may look like your watch is up too high on your arm, but inside the band are four sensors that collect 5,000 data points per minute. A statement from the company explains how it works:
“This raw data includes measurements of heat flux, skin temperature, motion, and galvanic skin response. BodyMedia’s algorithms convert these readings into calorie burn, physical activity duration, steps taken, and sleep duration and efficiency.”
There’s also an online Activity Manager where you can get recommendations on your diet, sleep, and exercise habits based on the results.
At the very least, you’ll realize that you haven’t moved from your chair all day and be inspired to take a walk. That, or the next time you’re on WebMD diagnosing yourself with all kinds of terrible diseases, you’ll have the data to prove yourself right.
Our sibling blog AppNewser has even more tools for desk jockeys here: 5 Free Fitness and Workout Apps for the Office