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The Green Life: Walking Hard for the Money

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October 14, 2009

Walking Hard for the Money

To the avid multitasker/workaholic who spends hours each day sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen (but who also likes to squeeze exercise into the day): Your life just got easier. You can now burn calories and lose weight without ever having to leave your desk. Check out the chuckle-worthy video above to see how.

The human body has evolved the ability to walk 30 miles per day, but the average American walks only two. TrekDesk has the good intentions of reducing obesity and cutting healthcare costs with its desktop work station that attaches to a treadmill. People can meet their walking, fitness, and health goals all while staying at their desk.

We know that walking improves health – studies by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Diabetes Association prove that it reduces the rates of most cancers, the number of initial heart attacks, and the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and strokes.

But what this treadmill-turned-desk offers in convenience, it lacks in satisfying another basic human need: to push away from that ever-alluring desk and to put one foot in front of the other in the places in which we evolved to do so. In nature.

--Michael Mullaley

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