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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Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

That would be a really neat idea.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Great message and so true.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

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

Karen R.
Karen R.3 years ago


Juliet Defarge
judith sanders3 years ago

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

Thorn Briar
Past Member 3 years ago


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Mac C.
mac C.3 years ago

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.

Nicole Weber
Nicole W.3 years ago

noted, thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

This reminds me of a skit from a Polish cabaret.