Walk to Lose Weight, at Work, at school, at college & university or anywhere you can
A treadmill-desk may offer people the chance to lose weight at work. Any physical therapist in Minnesota would agree that sitting in a chair all day can cause back pain. And not only that, but sitting long hours throughout the day promotes the sedentary activity that can lead to weight gain and obesity. A Mayo Clinic expert, however, believes that he knows the remedy to the ‘all day sitting’ problem.
Two thirds of the US population is overweight and a third are obese. It is generally agreed that low levels of physical activity are one of the causes of obesity. Low level activity in many people has increased over the past twenty years, as the predominant mode of working has become computer based. This has resulted in most people spending their working day sitting and engaged in sedentary activity that promotes weight gain.
James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic, came up with the idea of the treadmill desk in order for people to battle weight gain and obesity. Levine is the leading researcher of NEAT, “non-exercise activities thermogenesis.” According to Levine, NEAT is the calories people burn during everyday activities such as standing or walking.
In his research at the Mayo Clinic, Levine found that thin people are on their feet an average of 152 more minutes a day than those categorized as sedentary. The treadmill desk was Levine’s idea to address that 2½-hour NEAT deficit that occurs between overweight and thin people.
Levine wanted to put his theory to the test, and in a recent research also revised in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, he found that a treadmill desk that allows an overweight or obese individual to work while walking is connect with extreme beneficial and substantial increases in energy expenditure (or weight loss) over seated work.
The mean energy expenditure while seated at work in an office chair was 72 calories per hour, whereas the energy expenditure while walking and working at a speed of 1.1 mph was 191 calories per hour. The average increase in energy expenditure, or amount of calories burned, for walking‐and‐working over sitting was 119 kcal/h.
Walking 1 mile per hour is quite slow to avoid breaking a sweat but much fast to burn an extra 100 calories per hour. Levine concluded that if sitting were replaced by walking‐and‐working 2 to 3 hours per work day, and if other components of energy balance were constant, then a weight loss of 40 to 60 pounds per year could occur.
However, Levine advises that people don’t just jump on a treadmill and walk for hours and hours a day, At the absolute maximum, he recommends that people do half-hour on, half an hour off, for two to three hours a day.