Prolong sitting is arguably one of the most damaging 'activities' of modern daily living. Physiotherapists have always been warning patients to minimize sitting to help preventing low back injury. BBC News Los Angeles correspondent Peter Bowes has recently reported that a number of companies are now manufacturing desks with a modified treadmill base attached to a counter level work surface. The belt is designed to go at a low speed - up to 4mph - with most users opting for 1-2mph.
Google, Microsoft and Evernote, and the hotel chains Hyatt and Marriott, are among the companies using treadmill desks. These desks are often located in common areas, so that people can use them for an hour then go back to their normal location. Some users prefer to have their own dedicated treadmill desk for the entire day. Peter finds that typing on a computer while walking takes some getting used to, but it becomes second nature after a few hours. Writing is however not so easy. It is hard to believe such treadmill desk could become popular. It could however act as yet another wake up call to the public to pay attention to the problem of prolong sitting and the benefit of frequent getting up and about.