Walking And Working On Treadmill Desk Makes You Healthier And Smarter, Researchers Claim
What do you think makes a perfect office? You bet, you can’t miss a very comfortable chair. Because one has to sit on it for a complete shift of 8 to 9 hours. But hold on! That was an old way. New way is to work while walk.
Yes, this is true. According to a Canadian research, people doing office assignments on treadmill desk become healthier and smarter.
The study, published in the journal called Computers and Human Behavior, included a experimental test with 18 students. 9 students from the group were assigned a long text to read and to check emails in between reading . This first group had to perform this task while walking at the speed of 1.3 miles per hour on specially designed treadmill desk.
The remaining 9 participants had to perform the same task but in sitting position.
Later, the participants were tied to EEG machines. The machine monitored electrical activities in their brains. Afterwards, both the groups appeared in a test which was designed to see the memory retention of the participants. They were asked true-false questions (relevant to texts and emails which they were told to read earlier.)
Moreover, a survey was conducted from both the groups to test their attention and focus.
According to the findings, the group which used the treadmill desk had 34.9% greater tendency to answer the questions correctly.
“Our results suggest that workers not only perform better on a recall task, but they also perceive themselves to be more attentive to the task at hand,” the researchers wrote.
Correct answering wasn’t the only edge which treadmill desk users got, but they were found more attentive as well. Plus they showed better signs of retaining the information in their minds.
“We found an effect of the treadmill desk on brain activity that is associated with increased memory and attentional abilities,” the researchers wrote.
Interesting! So are you ready to turn your passive sitting office into active walking office? I can assure you of the positive impact it will create on your health. But its effects on your memory and effectiveness of treadmill desk in office environment…I’m skeptic!
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.