The cubicle workout
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Whether your office is in the business district or your living room, sitting in front of a computer screen is at odds with the fit body.
So fitness experts and entrepreneurs are thinking outside the box to transform the cubicle from sedentary prison to multitasking work and workout space.
Chief executive of US company TrekDesk Steve Bordley has come up with a novel solution - to create a workstation designed to fit over a treadmill.
"There's an obesity issue in every developed country, including China. Anywhere they're sitting," Bordley said from his treadmill desk during the telephone interview.
Based in Arizona, Bordley said he developed TrekDesk after a leg injury in 2008 cramped his active lifestyle.
"I couldn't run any more so I started experimenting with a treadmill," said Bordley.
"An epiphany occurred - walking is a pretty powerful exercise. My back problems went away, I lost 11.8kgs and I slept great."
The daily goal for healthy adults in a walking program is 10,000 steps, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Most sedentary adults walk less than 5,000.
"We've evolved over millions of years to be moving through the wilderness while hunting game. Our body was designed around that movement," said Bordley.
"It's the people who sit all day who have to fight lethargy."
When it comes to doing her paperwork, Minneapolis-based personal trainer and group fitness instructor Chris Freytag prefers to stand.
"I'm totally in love with my standing workstation," she said.
"The treadmill desk is a great concept, but it's large. I would probably put mine in my basement and I'm not going to work in the basement."
As chairwomen of the American Council on Exercise, Freytag is acutely aware of the need to move, even while forced to spend a lot of time at her desk.
For her the beauty of the standing workstation lies in its mobility.
"You can pull it into the family room or wheel it around the house," she said.
"It's user friendly and accessible and it literally changed my life."
She said just standing keeps her motivated and burns an extra calorie a minute.
For those on a tight budget, ACE's chief science officer Dr Cedric Bryant , has another solution.
"Invest in a headset," he said.
"I handle all phone calls while standing or pacing."
He said getting outside the building is a growing corporate trend and he holds as many standing, walking, or offsite meetings as he can.
"Another strategy would be to set your scheduling device to remind you to get out and move for five minutes on the hour," Bryant said.
The author of Fitness 9 to 5, personal trainer and wellness expert Shirley Archer recommends stashing light dumbbells under your desk or keeping resistance bands in your drawer.
"Anyone who sits at a computer is going to have issues over time," said Archer, a former Wall Street lawyer.
"Life used to be more challenging. We don't even push doors open anymore."
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