Walk While You Work
from the workout-in-the-cube dept
I don't know if this is normal or not, but I prefer to stand (and walk) when I'm on the phone -- and there are times when I prefer to stand while typing as well. Apparently, I'm not alone. While there are some arguments about how much of the obesity problem is really caused by sitting and staring at screens all day, obviously it doesn't help the situation. With office workers, finding time to work out can definitely be an issue, and some researchers at the Mayo Clinic decided to try to redesign the cubicle to fight obesity. It includes a special treadmill desk that will let you type away, while walking at a slow, but still worthwhile, pace. The walking keeps you active, but isn't so fast as to make the person sweat or get in the way of their work. The other aspects of the obesity fighting office don't actually seem much different than your typical office these days, including an area to walk around the building to keep people moving while meeting, white boards to get people to stand up (um... those are quite common actually) and a hockey goal in the cubicle to encourage people to take shots while talking to you (I think the nerf basketball basket is a bit more common -- but same concept). Still, the treadmill desk does sound pretty innovative. It also seems like it could be more ergonomic than having people sit in chairs all day long. They're in the process of talking to companies to get them to make the treadmill desk commercially -- but if anyone wants some beta testers, feel free to send a few of those suckers to Techdirt's offices.