Does the uphill walk and flight of stairs to the office count as exercise? It’s probably the closest thing to physical activity you will get in your daily routine, especially if you spend most of your time stuck to a seat in front of a computer screen. A lot of us are aware of our lack of toning-time, and some may even go so far as to alleviate their guilt by thinking that the stroll to the water filter is quite enough physical exertion.
For those employers who wish to keep their employees at the peak of their corporate and corporeal perfection, a fleet of treadmill desks would be a good investment for their business. The advantages of this introduction to the workspace are numerous. Your employees won’t have to dash off five minutes earlier to make it to the gym. You’ll eradicate that sense of lethargy which always seems to rest heavy in the air on a Friday afternoon. Your colleagues could hold monthly indoor marathons for the title of ‘Runner of the Month’. You can even designate half an hour a day during which time your workers run while inputting data on their computers at a top-speed pace, as you hold a leather whip and holler, “Work, my minions.”
Lifespan’s most expensive model in their workplace range goes up to a speed of 6.4 Km/hr, and has a spacious worktop for the office worker to multitask by handling his workload while working out. The model comes with all the basic features a standard treadmill would have, including a safety key that can be attached to your worker’s clothing, since the idea of your colleagues losing their balance and toppling over the minute they attempt to go above 6.4 Km/hr is quite troubling (yet hilarious).
Let’s have a breakdown of the perks and pitfalls the treadmill desk can bring to the work space:
It has been scientifically proven that physical exercise stimulates the brain’s performance and heightens concentration and mental focus. Having at least one of these treadmill desks at your workers’ disposal will encourage them to shake off any mental stagnancy and break the restless seated routine. As they’re working out, they work on any tasks they need to get on with at the desk.
It will save many employees the added expense of a gym membership. It will also encourage them to remain in the office without having to compromise their office hours for gym hours.
Miles covered will add a sense of light-hearted competitiveness among your colleagues. They could even add a few obstacles, such as the number of articles that can be proof-read during a 6.4Km/hr session.
As much as exercise improves the brain’s performance, following through work tasks during a strenuous brisk walk will obviously hinder your overall performance. Your focus will be divided among your awareness of the muscle work happening in your limbs, your innate strive to maintain your balance on the moving belt, and ensuring the correct input of information on the computer.
Budget constraints will probably not allow for a treadmill desk for every member of staff. A roster would have to be drawn up for equal use of the machine/machines. Fifteen to thirty minutes allotted to each member is a reasonable and healthy span of time, especially for those who are not used to intensive workouts.
The prospect of sweat-patched employees in front of clients or higher ranking company members is not attractive. Neither is the reeking smell of said sweat emitting from an entire workforce. A change of clothes is an alternative, but can be time consuming.
I genuinely hope this picks up as a trend in the workplace. Through team work and the right management of time, the treadmill desk could be another contribution towards decreasing the world’s obesity problem. It also increases the chance of watching the office bully fall flat on his face.