You finish your workweek and realize you sat for at least 40 hours, maybe more, for the entire week. It seems like every week there is a new study highlighting the dangers of prolonged sitting. When you sit for hours, day after day, it can be rough on your body, your health and your mind. Studies have shown that those who sit more are at increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. However, you can get your work done and get moving with a desk treadmill. Remaining active while you work at your desk has numerous benefits.

Pump It Up
Using a standing desk treadmill can have numerous positive effects on your heart health. As you walk, your heart rate increases. When your heart pumps faster, your blood delivers more nutrients and oxygen to your organs. While you work out, your heart, which is a muscular organ, also gets stronger. Regular walking can help you lose weight and lower your risk of heart attack, and walking on an underdesk treadmill can help you take care of your heart, the hardest working organ in your body.

Expand Your Mind
Your brain responds to physical activity in a variety of ways. As we age, gray matter volume reduces, and this decline ultimately results in loss in cognitive function. Walking five miles per week, which is very realistic when you use a treadmill workstation, can help you increase gray matter.

Live Forever
Ok, while that s not realistically possible, regular movement may help you live longer. In addition to heart and brain-health benefits, using a standup desk treadmill every day may add years to your life. Walking is suspected to have a protective effect in preventing cancer. It is also thought to strengthen bones and reduce osteoporosis.

Improve Concentration
Poor diet and lack of exercise can interfere with brain function and, consequently, your focus. Exercise has positive effects on the brain. Not only does it increase blood flow, but during exercise, your body releases certain chemicals that aid in concentration. A desk treadmill can help you have the focus you need to be successful.

Fire Up Your Metabolism
Using a standing treadmill desk can increase your metabolic rate, so that you are burning more calories even while you are resting. When you exercise, your body burns calories, but it also helps build lean muscle, which burns more calories than fat even while you're resting. So, long after your workout is over, your body continues to burn more calories.

Get It Done
Increased metabolism, brain function and concentration may help you be more productive at work. Using a treadmill workstation could help you become an even more valuable employee. Just think, mid-day when your coworkers are wishing it's nap time, you'll have the energy to get more done.

Give Back Pain the Cold Shoulder
Sitting at a computer all day can lead to serious back, neck and shoulder pain. By using a standing desk treadmill, you are strengthening your core, which can lead to improved posture. Continuous movement allows you to engage a variety of muscles. When you sit, you may shift now and then, but you normally have the same posture. Over time, this strain can lead to poor posture and pain. By walking and increasing your core, you strengthen the muscles that affect posture.

Feel Great
Regular exercise often results in an overall feeling of well-being. It feels good to have more energy and better cognition. Regular exercise can boost your confidence and help you sleep better at night.

Increasing physical activity while you work is becoming increasingly popular. Not only can a treadmill desk help you feel better, it can help you avoid the myriad health problems associated with prolonged sitting. Even if you are active outside of work, sitting for too long may be dangerous to your health. A desk treadmill is an investment in your health. Be sure to read our reviews of desk treadmills to find the best one for your particular needs.

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