Executives from CBS to ‘Cosmo’ Endorse the Treadmill Desk

By Vicki Salemi Comment

treadmill deskBy now we’ve probably all heard about the treadmill desk but we may not have heard that people actually use it regularly and give it the thumbs up.

According to a segment on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS news producer Mark Sturchio says there have been a lot of double takes from people walking by his treadmill desk adorned office. He admits, “I don’t know if it’s catching on at CBS, but I know its catching on.”

Per the piece, it’s catching on at Hearst as Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles explains, “I think sitting is the new smoking.”

Like many of us toiling away in front of our computers, she points out as hours surpass at work, prior to the treadmill desk she really wasn’t moving much at all. “And at the end of it, I didn’t really feel great.”

Coles answers emails, takes phone calls and meets with staff at two miles an hour. She says, “The action of walking helps me think better.”

When you’re sitting, per the segment, your body’s burning one calorie per minute so research shows you need to be moving every 30 to 60 minutes. This makes complete sense not only physically but mentally as well. How many times have you gone for a walk in the middle of the day to clear your head more than get your feet moving? Even if it’s a Starbucks run, the mere act of getting away from your desk for 20 minutes is doing your mind and body some good.

We wonder how pivotal a treadmill desk would be in boosting productivity on a daily basis for your work and your body. Once you get accustomed to it, do you clock more steps than you ever would have imagined? And more brainstorms? And would it eliminate the need for a workout (or guilt when you don’t make it to the gym) at the end of a long day? Just some food for thought.

And oh, by the way prices for these desks vary considerably. A quick search on Amazon resulted in a $675 Exerpeutic treadmill desk compared to a $1,499 one by LifeSpan Fitness.