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Treadmill Desks: Do They Help or Hurt Productivity?

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If there was a list of things that compiled everything I thought would never happen, this would be one of them. How can treadmill desks help to increase your productivity and creativity?

The University of Minnesota completed a study revolving around these new contraptions. CBS published a report on how they can actually help you to be more efficient at work while also stimulating your creative juices.

The maximum speed is set to slow, so that’s a good thing. Imagine trying to jog and talk on the phone at the same time. Researchers spent a year looking at 40 workers that had their desks fitted with treadmills. They have found that being sedentary during the day really makes it harder to give your best at work. Dr. Ben-Ner, one of the researchers on the project, explained how this works.

“You get more blood flowing to the brain. And if you use the brain, then you get an advantage from that. And if you’re slumped in your chair, you don’t get as much benefit from your brain.”

The company, Salo, already knows the benefits of this. They implemented 6 treadmill workstations in their company 6 years ago and have been reaping much reward. They traded in their conventional conference room for a room with 4 treadmills facing each other. Their creativity immediately saw an increase.

So what about cost? Some treadmills can be pretty pricey, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Dr. Ben-Ner had something to say about that, as well.

“But even if you have only 2-percent, 3-percent, 4-percent increase in productivity, associated with walking while working, that will wipe out the cost of the treadmills in a year.”

We here at AccelaWork think this could prove to be mighty helpful. Not only will you be burning off calories and improving your posture, but you’ll be positively affecting your workplace productivity. As long as there are safety guidelines for everyone to follow, this can only help you rather than hurt you. Looking for more efficiency tips? Reach out to our business improvement consultants today!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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