How To Alleviate Stress With Treadmill Desks

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In today's world stress is a constant companion. Nature designed stress as a fight or flight response to deal with much more life threatening issues than a traffic snarl or an irate boss. When this survival mechanism triggers our bodies still expect us to lash out or run for cover but our society roles no longer allow such a release. Too many of these stress alarms in our life ultimately puts us in a state of distress and vulnerable to back pain, stomach upset, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, disease, depression and heart ailments. Not good.

A survey conducted by Yale University showed that 26% of workers report that their job is extremely stressful. Concerned employers are keenly aware of the cost of stress on American business which has been estimated by OSHA to be $300 billion annually, three times the cost of obesity.

Exercise is one of the best relievers of stress however when workers are already pushed for time planning for exercise actually adds to the stress by becoming one more task in the que. Solution? Exercise must be consistent, automatic and easy to incorporate into the work day.

Treadmill desks offer a consistent means of daily moderate exercise without requiring additional time during the day to head for the gym or plan a workout. The physiological effects of walking also reduce stress as shown in a study in Annals of Behavioral Medicine (11.09.99) indicating regular moderate exercise reduced stress levels as compared against study participants who did not engage in an exercise program or surprisingly participated in strenuous exercise regimens.

Bottom line? We can't control external stress factors but we can mitigate the effects that stress places on our health by walking our blues away on a treadmill desk.


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