Walkstation: Transforming American Workplaces From Sedentary To Active!
With exercise and employee well-being becoming a greater focus in many workplaces, a new company has released something that allows those who typically work at a computer to multi-task in a way that's for their own greater good, and that of the company that they work for. This concept isn't a business idea per say - but it's definitely worth mentioning because it might just set a new trend for workspaces of the future.
Those of us who work on computers tend to sit at desks hour after hour, day after day, week after week; and, despite how active we might be outside of our work lives, remaining virtually immobile for 8-10 hours a day can take a toll on our health. Sure, we may stretch our legs during our lunch break and take a walk around the block, through a food court or meander through a shopping area, but the impact is on a very small scale compared to all of the time that we spend on our butts.
To address the growing concern over health and physical activities for those that sit for a living, the Walkstation has been created. Essentially, it's a treadmill with a workstation that is fully adjustable so that as employees exercise, they can also be working on their computers in comfort. Of course, no one has to spend all day on it; staff at various companies can rotate, and get in a half an hour or hour workout before returning to a seated work area, and those that are really serious about their health can walk their way to greater fitness and greater accomplishment on the job!
It's a great idea in theory, though it might not play out as well as hoped if actually rolled out in workplaces across the country; and just think what these Walkstations would do to what we know now as "corporate casual".