Exercise desks could be the future of desk jobs, say researchers

Exercise desks could be the future of desk jobs, say researchers
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:47pm

Losing weight is hard when you work a 9 to 5, especially when you're stuck, sitting at a desk for most of that time.

Now, Pennington Biomedical Research Center researchers have found some solutions they think could change everything.

"It can have substantially public health benefit," says Researcher, Joshua Schuna.

He’s talking about exercises desks. Yes, they exist and there is proof that they indeed work.

“One of the first things I got was this treadmill station,” said head researcher on this project, Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke.

Dr. Catrine Tudor Locke has been researching the benefits of exercise contraptions locally for nearly six years -

"We love the treadmill desk we found that it's a great thing but we found that there were some implementation issues."

She says people have trouble walking on it for long periods of time. Some complained about changinginto running shoes and lastly it takes up a lot of space.

"There are pros and cons from both and this obviously take up more space," said Schuna.

The other device fellow researcher John Schuna is talking about is called the pedal desk.

"It doesn't distract a person from their usual job and I can easily type as I am going along," noted Dr. Tudor –Locke.

This is the clear winner Dr. Tudor-Locke says the pedal desk could be a game changer in the world of desk jobs.

"People come home and complain how they ache and they are sore and tired just from sitting all day."

“It’s time to try and find strategies to increase energy expenditure during the day,” said Schuna.

When you're constantly moving such as working at the treadmill desk or the pedal desk, you burn twice as many calories than you would sitting at a desk in a normal chair.

But both researchers say more work is needed.

"We need to find partners to help develop this."

Researchers got a lot of data from teaming up with a company in Baton Rouge that has been using the treadmill desks for a few years. The treadmill desk will set you back around six thousand bucks and the bike has not been developed yet.

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