New Study Shows Treadmill Desks Boost Productivity


Here at Rebel Desk, we know that working while standing, and especially working while walking, allows us to accomplish more during our busy days. Being productive at work helps us to move our company forward and bring our active working solutions to more people. We feel more focused when we’re walking on our Rebel Treadmill 1000 and that focus turns into productivity.

A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota proves that increased productivity is a benefit of walking at a treadmill while working.

The researchers studied 40 employees of a financial service company over the course of a year. The employees switched from sitting all day to having a treadmill desk in their office. The employees’ offices were outfitted with treadmill desks that went a maximum speed of 2 mph. Each employee also was given an energy monitor. The results were very positive.

After a short adjustment period, employee productivity increased. The researchers measured production based on “supervisor surveys of quantity, of performance, quality of performance, and quality of interaction with co-workers.” Then an overall performance measure was given based on a 10-point scale.

The researchers found that productivity increased by close to one point, which the lead author, Avner Ben-Ner explains is “a substantial increase.” In addition, employees burned an extra 7-8% calories more per day than when sitting, which over the course of a work week really adds up. Ben-Ner went on to note:

 “[A treadmill desk is] a health-improving option that costs very little. I think there will be an increasing number of employers who will invest $1,000 or $2,000 in outfitting a persons’ workstation . . . The employer benefits from the employee being active and healthy and more smart because more blood is flowing to the brain.”

We have to agree. Boosted productivity was just one of the benefits of treadmill desks that Rebel Desk’s founders fell in love with before they launched the company. Given the alternative of sitting in a chair all day, increasing your risk of developing disease, putting on weight, and not getting much done who wouldn’t want to make this investment.

If anyone is having a hard time convincing their boss, share this study and also check out our page that gives you some tips on how to convince your boss! 

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