A recent study out of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, recommends walking as an effective means of preventing age related weight gain. A TrekDesk Treadmill Desk facilitates walking, allowing individuals to walk while they work regardless of time of day or weather conditions and is a potential answer to this health risk.
The study followed a population base of 5,000 men and women (aged 18-30) over a period of 15 years finding that as little as 30 minutes per day reduced the average annual weight gain by one pound per year among women who were heaviest at the beginning of the study.
The study acknowledged that the most widely accepted mode of physical activity is walking, however obstacles to walking such as safety, time, and weather posed challenges to the general population. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks negate these challenges allowing individuals to walk while they work, requiring no additional time out of the day. Additionally they can walk in the safety of their office or home regardless of weather conditions or time of day.
“Unless we create opportunities for exercise that meet individual’s exact needs and lifestyles we will not be successful in motivating them to move more, we believe the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk meets those challenges allowing them to walk without extra time out of their day,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks.
Scientists have long suspected that age related weight gain may be the result of decreases in physical activity as individuals age however this is the first time a long term study analyzed the impact of walking on reducing age related weight gain.
Not surprisingly the study found that over time BMI’s increased and physical activity, including walking, decreased. However study participants that walked more in the early to middle adult stages of their lives gained less weight and were more likely to either maintain or lose weight as the aged.
Good news for full figured women, the walking effect was greatest among women who were heavier at the start of the study. Their 30 minutes of walking led to 15 fewer added pounds over the full 15 years of the study. Results were somewhat similar for the men.