Left Menu
Development News Edition

New study backs cycling, treadmill workstations for better health, productivity

New study backs cycling, treadmill workstations for better health, productivity
Long sitting hours at work place can put people at various health risks like obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as various cancers.

Want to improve health, reduce stress and boost the productivity of your employees? Try active workstations like cycling and treadmill as they also boost physiological changes in the body than sitting or standing workstations, researchers suggest. Long sitting hours at work place can put people at various health risks like obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as various cancers.

The study, led by researchers from the Universite de Montreal in Canada, found that treadmill workstation got people moving and increased upper body muscle activity more than did standing versions, while cycling workstations improved simple processing task speeds the most. But the upper body effort needed to stabilise gait and posture on a treadmill workstation might affect the fine motor skills, such as typing, needed for keyboarding.

Both treadmill and cycling workstations also boosted the heart rate and energy expenditure while prompting a drop in blood pressure during the working day compared with standing workstations, the findings showed. These workstations lowered stress, increased alertness and reduced boredom more than standing versions.

"With workers and the workplace slowly moving towards active workstations, future long-term studies integrating different types of active workstations should be conducted in order to provide additional evidence," said Professor Marie-Eve Mathieu, in the paper published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal. "Ultimately, workers and corporations should be able to critically examine the benefits and limitations of each type of workstation and determine which is most appropriate for the worker's specific needs and tasks," Mathieu added.

To understand the potential impact of active workstations on health and productivity, the team reviewed 12 studies (out of 274 initially selected). They looked at the effect on muscles and physiology -- average heart rate, blood pressure, energy expenditure-perceived exertion and pain tolerance, and cognitive performance at work -- processing speeds, attention and short-term memory.

While all types of workstations were associated with a short-term boost in productivity, cycling and treadmill workstations seemed to be associated with greater short-term physiological changes, the researchers noted.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

SDG13: How you can reduce global warming by changing your food habits

The mega narratives of various international organizations give the impression that fighting global warming is only a job of government agencies. However, the European Investment Bank EIB has designed a questionnaire which besides making th...


Latest News

FACTBOX-The virus that wears a crown: New China virus is part of coronavirus family

Here are some key features of coronaviruses and what we know about the new virus that was identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscop...

Greece expects tourism growth this year despite bumpy 2019 - minister

Tourism, which accounts for about a quarter of Greeces gross domestic product, will grow in 2020 despite the blow dealt to the sector last year by the collapse of British travel giant Thomas Cook, Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said on T...

Pre-mature release of convicts by govt orders won't lie under habeas corpus writ, say SC

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that habeas corpus writ cant be used for securing pre-mature release of a convict under government orders GO or rules. A petition under the writ of habeas corpus is filed to ensure that a person under arr...

Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria's Idlib: Monitor

Russian airstrikes in Syrias northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday killed eight civilians, including five children, a war monitor said. Most of Idlib and parts of Aleppo province are still controlled by factions opposed to President Bash...

Give Feedback