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Treadmill Desks: Stand Up For Health

A few months ago the New York Times ran a piece reiterating the hazards of prolonged sitting, which is associated with a shorter lifespan–even in those who exercise regularly. Our bodies were built to move.

My 2-min. video Standing Up For Your Health is my contribution to the subject. In fact, I’m walking on the treadmill desk I feature in the video as I speak! (well, write). I’m now up to 17 miles a day! (though at only 2.5 mph).

More on the benefits of physical activity can be found in my videos Exercise & Breast Cancer and Reversing Cognitive Decline.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that what we eat may be even more important. See:

Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my full 2012 – 2015 presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More than an Apple a Day, From Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. My husband has had a ‘stand at’ desk for 29 years. He can’t imagine sitting down all day. He has a sit down desk also but his phone and computer are at his tall desk and spends most of the day there. I think it was a very positive decision all those years ago. I don’t know if he would do the treadmill desk. He gets a good workout at his home gym most afternoon which is a great de-stresser.

  2. I`m very interested in the facts related to health. Pls continue in the world wide program that you have already started. Thank you again for your important health related committment.
    with regards
    kahsay g/medhin
    from Ethiopia, Adds Ababa

  3. I bought a treadmill desk about 2 years ago – the one that adjusts height automatically. As the article notes – our bodies are built for movement, I have found it to be tremendous for things like writing emails, and I spend about 4 hours on average per day on the treadmill desk.

    In the last 2 years I have walked over 5000KM whilst working – and I feel better then before my treadmill desk years.

    Walk and work is the future and I expect more employers will outfit their offices with treadmill desks as it both benefits the employer and employee.

  4. There is a biomechnist, that’s what she calls herself on the internet that claims that studies show that treadmill walking is bad for your body. That it changes the load on your bones that is un-natural. I am just paraphrasing. I tried to look up her research but it is only on google science and you have to pay $30 dollars to see it? Do you know anything about these studies that refer to proper loading, her word not mine. She calls treadmill walking junk food like eating a snickers. I am suspicioius. Not sure if it is okay to name her here or not. Let me know what you think. She has a book out that is called Move your DNA. She also says that biking and swimming are bad for you as well?

    1. Hi Cami- I found the book you refer to on Amazon, by Katy Bowman MS, but without reading it and seeing the sources she sites it’s hard to comment on her opinions. I couldn’t find any research done by her (I looked in Pubmed which is a good source for scientific work, but doesn’t have everything). Could you post a link to the articles you are referring to so that myself or another moderator can take a look for you?
      In the meantime, I did find this study on treadmill desks that I thought you and other readers might find interesting: treadmill desk pros and cons (a link to the actual study is available in this article).

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