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Treadmill Desks: Stand Up For Health

Over the weekend the New York Times ran a piece reiterating the hazards of prolonged sitting, which is associated with a shorter lifespan–even in those who exercise regularly. Our bodies were built to move. The above video is my contribution to the subject. In fact, I’m walking on the treadmill desk I feature in the video as I write this!

More on the benefits of physical activity can be found in my videos†Exercise & Breast Cancer and†Reversing Cognitive Decline.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that what we eat may be even more important. See†Is it the Diet, the Exercise, or Both? and†What Women Should Eat to Live Longer.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you havenít yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my full 2012 presentation†Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.

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A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at


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2:03AM PDT on May 2, 2013

That would be a really neat idea.

2:49PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Great message and so true.

8:45AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

it would help to educate employers and managers about this--too many think being glued to a chair is the sign of working

7:09AM PST on Dec 7, 2012


6:56AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Putting one of those bicycle pedal things under your desk is a better option for most.

5:07PM PST on Dec 6, 2012


4:47PM PST on Dec 6, 2012


7:59AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

15 miles- marvelous, Dr Greger. I don't have a treadmill like you but really like your "crazy contraption", as you put it. I do sit but get up quite a bit and have lots of stairs in my day---and I stand most of the evening. Here's to movement. Thanks for the video.

7:43AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

noted, thank you

5:31AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

This reminds me of a skit from a Polish cabaret.

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