It’s become clear that jobs that require sitting for most or all of the workday is bad for your overall health. And unfortunately, workouts don’t seem to offset the harm of being sedentary all day. Think of it this way: you don’t lose weight by eating a single salad, and a short workout won’t make up for sitting for eight hours a day.
With this knowledge, more active desks are currently on the market. Active desks can include standing desks or treadmill desks. The research is still new, but it suggests that using an active desk can help improve your health. A recent Preventive Health study claimed that active desks can help improve both psychological and mental health, including:
- Increased heart rate
- Improved metabolism
- Potential weight loss
- No reduction in work performance
- Enhanced mood
The use of treadmill desks also revealed strong evidence of glucose reduction and decreased waist circumference. It would seem that active desks have some notable benefits.