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Using a treadmill desk increases physical activity while you’re working, this can improve your productivity, memory, focus and physical health.

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How to Do It

Walk at a comfortable pace on a treadmill while working at your desk.

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  • May improve mood and productivity [2]
  • May improve memory and focus [3]
  • May improve physical fitness [1]
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Time Commitment

1 hour

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Why it works

  • Sitting down too much is bad for your physical and mental health [2]. By walking while you work you increase your physical activity, which improves your mental state and therefore your mood and productivity.
  • Compared to sitting down, walking on a treadmill increases blood flow to the brain, which may be why treadmill desks improve memory, focus, and productivity. However, this is not a well-studied area [3].
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Suggested Frequency

At least once a day.

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Side Effects

The first few sessions of working while walking on a treadmill may actually reduce productivity, but practice will help [1].

One study found no cognitive effect of the treadmill desk [4]. This may be because the effect is delayed, an adaptation period is needed [3].

Do not set the treadmill at too fast a speed. This will not reduce the quality of your work, but it may result in injury due to split attention.

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Required Equipment

Ice - wrapped in towel or placed in plastic bag

Ice pack

Bags of frozen vegetables

Cryotherapy machine

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Jimmy Kimmel

Victoria Beckham

David W. Zoll

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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

  • Health
  • Mood
  • Productivity
  • Focus
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If your workplace doesn’t already offer treadmill desks, ask them to look into their benefits. They may cover the cost of your new treadmill desk if they’re convinced.

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 Fitness  Productivity  Focus  Creativity  Memory  Sharpness
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