In teams of two, with one partner working at a time, complete:
Sit, Stand or Walk?
A new study raises concerns about the productivity level of workers who use treadmill desks. Studies have already shown an increase in health benefits but until now no one has studied the effects on productivity.
The study concluded that people who walked at their desk “performed worse on almost all aspects of thinking including the ability to concentrate and remember, compared with those who had been seated. And they were much worse at typing, being substantially slower and more error prone than the sitting group.” The walking group also performed worse at a series of cognitive tests designed to measure memory and the ability to concentrate.
The author of the study admits that the tests were very limited and still believes that the health benefits grossly outweigh the decreases in performance.
What are your thoughts? Do you work at a desk? Sitting, standing, walking? Post to comments.
I don’t believe in the treadmill desk but I do believe in the stand up desk. I just ordered one for my office. Sitting at a desk day is not good for you!!
I enjoy working in the back room at The Cup b/c that long bar is perfect “stand-up” desk height for me & I can alternate as it suits me. I abhor sitting all day! And when I work at home, my “chair” is a balance ball!