Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Reports Walking As Effective Means of Reducing Office Related Stress and Obesity

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Scientists at the URMC Department of Community and Preventive Medicine reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that regardless of a healthy diet, chronic work related stress and inactivity have been linked to work place increases in obesity. Exercise was shown to be the most beneficial treatment both for stress and weight loss. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks make exercise automatic allowing employees to walk while they work.

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This study is one of many associating high levels of employment stress with increases in cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

Chicken or egg theorists have long debated the cause of obesity: lack of exercise or unhealthy diets. Mix in chronic stress at work and the argument gets a little hazier. A recent study focusing on workplace wellness has discovered chronic job stress and sedentary occupations have a strong correlation with obesity despite a healthy diet. Walking has been shown as an effective exercise reducing levels of stress and obesity at work. TrekDesk Treadmill desk allows employees to do both while they work.

The study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center and reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine focused on 2,762 employees at a large manufacturing facility. Measuring psychosocial work conditions via detailed questionnaires they were able to measure work related stress levels. A number of employees were also involved in comprehensive nutrition and exercise programs over a two year period.

Employees working in the highest stress occupations showed a universally higher BMI increase than lower stress jobs at the facility during the course of the study regardless of diet. The study also found that exercise was the most effective means of managing stress levels and maintaining a healthy weight.

Lead researcher, Dr. Diana Fernandez stated that this study is one of many associating high levels of employment stress with increases in cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

“The writing is on the wall for corporate America, health care costs are crippling our competitiveness globally. We either fix this problem now or accept a lower position in the world,” stated TrekDesk CEO, Steve Bordley.

Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk is an affordable, full sized workstation allowing individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.

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