Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Work Out in the Workplace?

metronews: workology

What will the office of the future look like? Some experts believe that we will see a blend of exercise and productivity and that treadmill workstations and office walking tracks may someday be a reality.

"The idea is to introduce an environment that will encourage activity in the workplace," says Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY.

In his prototype 5,000-square-foot office, a two-lane walking track is used as a meeting area, since Levine and his colleagues prefer to walk and talk instead of sit and chat.

All employees wear cellphones along with a Mayo-designed standometer that measures their "vertical time" and recognizes when they sit down.

Using the desk-treadmill can burn 100 calories per hour, if walking at one m.p.h.

One thing is for sure...combining working and working out will definitely eliminate those tired excuses of being too busy to get to the gym. Check out the full story here.

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