Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase teamed its designers with obesity experts from the Mayo Clinic to develop a mobile office they call the Walkstation. Readers are asked to imagine an office desk attached to a treadmill, enabling the fitness-focused to walk while they work. The article assures readers that the pace is slow enough to minimize interference with productivity, while the super-quiet motor allows normal telephone conversations during its use.
The purpose of this equipment is not to provide the user with a heart-pounding workout. Rather, the slow pace allows increased movement while working, which research shows improves acuity and productivity. Nonetheless, those using the no-impact Walkstation seven hours a day for five days a week can expect to
lose a full pound of fat per week.
Source: Cora Daniels, Men’s Fitness, March, 2008, p70