I don't have a problem with someone selling a stability ball for a desk, or those little things you can pedal while sitting in a chair. Those are less than $40. I feel like when you sell a piece of exercise equipment for $1200, you are obligated to provide an actual exercise!
I don't have a problem with this either really, I'd just hope the (rich) buyer realizes that it's not exercise equipment.
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1,684 10/15/12 1:25 P
I understand your negativity and for the most part it is warranted. Especially when one looks at the cost and how light of an exercise it is. But just like sitting on the stability ball doesn't build muscles, just walking doesn't fill the cardio bill either. Whether walking on that machine or walking around the block, one does NOT move into the category of true exercising. What it is though, is a way to MOVE and keep the bodies joints and parts from becoming locked up due to lack of motion.
I know we have a step tracker on here and I'm not sure that it adds calorie burn to ones plan, but it would be the same as that treadmill desk. So while this would not be worth it financially, or for many of us that are in the higher levels of exercise mode, it would be a good way for some to get their bodies moving more and getting used to moving so they can add more intense workouts as they get healthier. And, for those that not only can afford it, but are also in the higher level of health and fitness, it can also keep them moving their healthy body.
By the way, using that stability ball as a chair not only helps make the body constantly work all it's muscles, I can see where it forces a person to sit up properly instead of slouching in a regular chair(much like I am slouching in my chair right now. LOL)
I try to refrain from negativity in my posts but...
I read the blog and followed the link to the treadmill desk on the BestBuy site. It doesn't allow you to do an incline. It only goes to 4 mph. Therefore it can only EVER be used as a desk - it's not like you could have a treadmill desk and be done. You would need a treadmill desk PLUS a regular treadmill to do anything approaching a decent workout on the equipment. Walking at zero incline at 4mph while working is great, but it's not so great when you realize that, when you're done, you still have to work out anyway. And it costs over a thousand bucks?
Most people would benefit from taking a 10 minute break from sitting at their desk to do high intensity sprints on a treadmill that can actually go up to a reasonable speed, and which is probably cheaper.
It's a gimmick and a waste of money for the vast majority of people. It will only be a reasonable purchase when it can also be used for a regular workout (incline + speed capability).
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1,684 10/14/12 2:19 P
I think it is a good idea. Another one that I saw a desk bound lady doing was using the stability ball instead of a chair. No matter what, when one has a desk job or any job where they are limited to movement, they need to find ways to not only move, but exercise the many muscles that don't get enough movement on that job.
I know someone on your staff has a treadmill desk. I'm going to be working from a home office soon; eight hours + a day. I like Dr. Levine's walking while working idea and want to do this. Can you share with me what kind of treadmill desk you have? Do you like it? How is it working out for you? How many hours a day do you work at it? Can you sit if you need to?
Thanks for your time.
P.S. at 57 lbs a year i could be back to my goal weight in two years while working
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