PostHeaderIcon Health Benefits of Walking on a Treadmill Desk

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People have been spending more time both at work and on their computers. With so much time sitting, it is possible that there is a link to that and the obesity rate across the United States reaching all time highs. In studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic, located in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. James Levine has been doing research that has shown that people can burn 100 calories walking slowly, rather then spending time at their desks, over an eight hour period. This is enough exercise to not cause a sweat, but to show benefits.

Dr. Levine believes, through his years of research, that people can lose up to 57 pounds per year by replacing their desk and chair with a treadmill desk. Standing alone burns 20 calories over sitting, so add a low impact workout to the mix could cause great results.

Weight loss and exercise has been proven to help many medical problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Exercising can help maintain a healthy body weight by increasing metabolism. The treadmill desk can also help increase circulation throughout the body.

The University of Chicago conducted a study that concluded that daily walking increases attention and memory by as much as 15% over a course of six months. Another benefit to the treadmill desk is productivity. While sitting, people can get tired by lunch time. While standing and walking has been shown to keep people more alert and awake. This could help people get more done in their typical work days.

Walking also has been shown to reduce stress and increase mood enhancing compounds in the brain such as Serotonin. Harvard Medical School has conducted studies that have shown walking to decrease depression symptoms in a matter of days.

You will never need to worry about scheduling time to workout again. You will get the exercise needed during your regular work day, walking at a slow 1 mile pace per hour. All this, while doing the activities you normally do everyday.

With a treadmill desk you will have everything you need right at your fingertips, as you do now, but there are far many more benefits for throwing away that chair.

PostHeaderIcon More Treadmill Maintenance Tips

Treadmills need regular maintenance to keep them running properly!

Like all devices mechanical, a treadmill will require regular maintenance. Using a treadmill desk will place a low burden on the motor since you are moving slower than on other treadmills, however you will be running it for more hours than a treadmill being used for a quick workout. You will need to commit to performing normal maintenance otherwise it will not last, and you may void the warranty. I would also suggest buying a treadmill for your treadmill desk setup with the longest warranty possible especially for the motor, and deck components. Here are some common maintenance items you should also follow to ensure a long lasting treadmill experience:
Sweat is highly corrosive and will cause problems if you don’t wipe it off after each full workout. When you are walking slowly during work hours you will not sweat on the treadmill, but it is a good idea to take care of your treadmill desk by wiping down the desk as well as the areas of the treadmill where you might have gotten sweat on.  Also, wiping down the belt and deck with a damp cloth will clean any debris that may effect the performance of the treadmill.

That being said, the most important component of a treadmill is the belt. The belt is what drives the motor and your workout. A malfunctioning belt can cause many problems internally that can damage the motor, control board, belt or other major operating parts. There are really just a few rules to follow in maintaining and insuring the longest life of your walking belt.

*The most important maintenance item is adding supplemental lube when recommended (see your owners manual). Proper Lubrication will considerably extend the life of any treadmill walking belt.

*Keep the treadmill clean, and evacuate any debris on or around the treadmill.

*Do not place your treadmill in any extreme conditions. Treadmills should always be in a climate controlled room.

*Keeping proper belt tension and tracking (belt should run parallel to the treadmill frame). This will maintain the belt in good working order.

*Keep your treadmill on a level surface. Some treadmills have level adjustments on the rear supports. A treadmill will not track if not on a level surface.

When to Change a Walking Belt

It is never too soon to change a walking belt, but it is often too late.
Although the exterior or walking surface of the belt may not be esthetically pleasing, the part of the belt that is not visible is the most important.

If your treadmill belt is torn, curled up or bare you are in need of a new belt. Also, any problems with speed change when you begin walking are sure signs of belt wear. Regardless, the belt should be changed every 2 to 3 years with regular usage.

Many times you can change a treadmill belt yourself. If you are not comfortable with this procedure, call a reputable Treadmill Repair Company.

While changing the belt, you may notice that the deck of the treadmill also has major wear (bare areas, or ruts). Many times you can turn over the used deck (again, see owners manual). If this is not an option, you may need to completely replace the deck. You can go directly to the manufacturer, or any well rated treadmill replacement parts website.

All of the things listed will greatly extend the life of your treadmill, treadmill belt, and your ability to utilize your treadmill to its fullest capacity.

PostHeaderIcon Treadmill Maintenance Tips

So, you’ve spent the weeks you needed to research, try out, choose and purchase your brand new treadmill. You’ve gotten it assembled and begun your daily workouts…so what now? Well, even the highest end commercial treadmills need a bit of love and affection to keep them purring like a kitten. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to keep your treadmill in tip top shape.

You need a treadmill mat to keep your Treadmill operating in good condition.

Tip #1
The first thing you are going to want to do is get a good treadmill mat to go underneath your unit. Despite what you think, a treadmill mat isn’t as much for protecting your floor as for protecting your treadmill. You see, a treadmill’s motor builds up a huge static charge as you work out. The charge will suck dust, lint and debris into your motor, causing it to clog and run inefficiently. The more gunk in your motor the worse it will run and the shorter its lifespan will be. Sliding a nice treadmill mat underneath your equipment will help reduce that static and the amount of stuff getting sucked up in it. As a bonus, you’ll also be protecting your floor and carpet. Watch out for cheap mats, though. If you pick up a budget treadmill mat you run the risk of having it stain your hardwood floor or stick to your carpet.

Tip #2
Sticking with dust and dirt, make sure to dust/clean your treadmill once every other week. Take special care with the belt area as any build up should be cleaned off right away or you’ll risk reduced performance.

Tip #3
I know it’s going to sound over obvious, but make sure to keep your power cord well away from the base of the unit and the incline mechanism. You have no idea how many cords we end up replacing on our service calls.

Tip #4
If you find your belt slipping, it may be because the belt tracking is off. You can adjust your tracking the same way you make sure the belt is properly aligned, with the alignment screws at the rear of your treadmill. An Allen wrench is all you need. A quick quarter clockwise turn should tighten everything back up. Make sure never to turn either side more than a quarter turn at any given time because you the adjustments levels are very fine. Keeping your belt aligned will reduce the load on you treadmill belt and belt guides. Check out your owner’s manual for more information.

Tip #5
A lot of times the cause of a misalignment on a treadmill belt is from the unit not being level. Make sure to get your treadmill level.

Protect your treadmill with lubricant if your manual says you need it.

Tip #6
Unless specifically instructed by your owner’s manual, do not use silicone or oils to lubricate your treadmill’s deck. A clean, dry, dust-free bed and belt combination is ideal for a long-lasting treadmill. If your manual recommends the use of a silicone spray for lubrication, make sure to precisely follow application and scheduling instructions. Some treadmill decks may require initial waxing to help reduce friction with the belt. Do not wax a deck unless recommended by the manufacturer. Lubrication to pretreated wax decks may interfere with the wax.

Tip #7
The lowest level of friction between your belt and deck is desired. If the amount of friction is too high, you’ll end up with damage and wear to both your motor and your year. The best way to judge a low friction belt is that it will slide when the power is off and you can manually walk the belt when the treadmill is powered down. Improper lubrication can lead to overworking your motor.

Tip #8
One of the main problems on most treadmills (home and commercial) is in the control board. As with any computer, the treadmill’s control board is subject to power surges, improper grounding and so on. The best way to protect your treadmill’s computer brain is to unplug it when not in use and use a grounded plug when powered on.

Tip #9
Read your user’s manual. I know, I know…”who really reads those darn things?” Well, you should. Just about everything you need to know will be found in that little book that came with your treadmill. Pop it open while you’re in the bathroom for a good read.

PostHeaderIcon Make Sure to Use Good Shoes when using the Treadmill Desk!

This is an example of a toe shoe, a popular style of athletic shoes.

Exercise is incredibly important for maintaining and improving your general health, mobility, muscle tone, cardiovascular fitness and energy levels, and although many of us try to fit the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day into our schedules, we often find ourselves ending our days with the phrase: ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’

Luckily, as exercise grows ever more fashionable so does our desire to ensure we find ways to get fit, and with the new and exciting trend of ‘Treadmill Desks’ (whereby you stand and walk on a treadmill at your desk!) taking off across America and Europe exercise is now becoming more and more accessible. You no longer have to wait until you finish work to hit the gym, nor do you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get a pre-work run done. The Treadmill Desk has ensured that people can, finally, do their work and earn their money without having to sit down all day.

With people beginning to exercise at work, education about correct footwear has never been more important. Not everyone knows about how exercise can affect your body’s muscles, joints, bones and ligaments, nor does everyone know how damage can be reduced simply by wearing the correct garments.

The Treadmill Desk encourages exercise for extended periods of time, and even if it’s an incredibly slow walk that you may be doing, over the course of several hours this can begin to impact on your feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. All of these areas can be protected simply by wearing appropriate footwear in much the same way as a woman’s breasts can be protected by wearing a good sports bra when doing high-impact exercise.

Numerous sports brands like Nike, Adidas and Reebok provide state-of-the-art, stylish footwear specially designed for specific levels of activity. For instance, if you are likely to be walking briskly or jogging then you’ll definitely want a decent pair of running shoes, whereas a slow walk may be better suited to training shoes that were created with lower impact sports in mind.

Many stores will now assess your foot-fall pattern, designing and tailor-making shoes that are specifically customized for your feet. Lets say, for instance, that your feet roll outwards when you walk. Their sensors will pick this up and the shoes you buy will be made to correct this imbalance, ensuring the pressure on your knees, hips and lower back is reduced and you can exercise in comfort, rather than straining yourself or pulling a muscle.

There really is no reason to overlook your footwear when considering increasing your fitness levels, and whether it’s for a stroll on your Treadmill Desk or a 10-mile run in the park, you can be sure to reduce the likelihood of long or short-term injury by consulting your nearest sports-shoe store first.



PostHeaderIcon Reasons to Use a Treadmill Desk!

Here is an example of a simple Treadmill Desk

There’s a lot to do in a day, and if you have family commitments, a busy work schedule and social events to attend then you probably find it      very difficult to squeeze exercise into your daily schedule. That is, until you discovered Treadmill Desks! The Treadmill Desk was invented to enable the every day worker, irrespective of fitness level, to remain fully active in the workplace. It’s a fact that sitting at your desk, staring into the computer screen for 8-10 hours before heading home, once again sitting down in your car and heading straight to your comfortable sofa are all extremely bad things to do if you care about your health. Remaining active doesn’t only help to improve your fitness – it helps to maintain your physical mobility, reduce your stress levels, promote mental and physical well-being and stave off arthritis and other movement-related issues as you age. Exercise increases blood-flow around the body too, carrying more oxygen to your skin, eyes, hair follicles and muscles – ensuring you stay looking younger and healthier for longer. The endorphins that are released also have a positive effect on your mood and general mental health – reducing the blues all year round! In other words, exercise is a wonderful thing – and we should all be doing it! It doesn’t have to be hard or exhausting, nor does it even have to make us sweat! Low impact exercise that you can do by simply walking at a gentle pace is all you really need to be doing to keep yourself active, healthy and mobile, but sadly many of us don’t make space for it in our lives. The Treadmill Desk is taking off around the world for one major reason – you don’t need to ‘fit it in’. You can stand at an elevated desk, walking at the speed of your choice, whilst reading your emails and writing your documents. In other words, you can walk while you work! This is ideal for those of us that simply can’t find the motivation or the time to exercise during the day, like hard-working single parents, office workers, business men and women, telesales staff, students, and other desk-based occupations that require long hours and very little movement. We can now stop making excuses and begin to get mobile witho Read the rest of this entry »