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Forget Whistling While You Work; Try Walking Instead

Filed Under: Men's Health at 9:20 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
WalkstationI love to multitask. If I can accomplish more than one thing at a time, I will. I don’t think I’ve actually watched a television show in months; there’s generally something else obscuring my view: a book, the paper, the mail, dinner, my eyelids. It’s gotten to the point that when I find myself doing one thing at a time, I’m confused. So naturally, I love when people make multitasking all the more possible, and when exercise is involved, I’m head over heels, which is why I’m delighted by the Walkstation.

A cubicle and treadmill in one, the Walkstation was created by Dr. James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic, and Steelcase.  You can type memos, check your e-mail, make calls, do research and accomplish all of your daily tasks while walking. The eight hours of energy-sucking inertia can be replaced by eight-hours of light strolling. For obese, non-exercising individuals, a 1mph pace could result in weight loss. For everyone, regardless of size, the steady movement could improve stress levels, productivity and focus. This sounds like the answer to our sedentary conundrum, but then I start to think logically, about myself . . .

Yes, I mastered chewing gum and walking at the same time several years ago. I’m even able to walk and read at the same time, provided there are no unexpected obstacles, or I have a guide, but could I legitimately be productive at work while on a constant treadmill? More importantly, could I maintain my pace for the entire day and not be exhausted at the close of business? Sure, I run, but that’s an hour a day not eight. And speaking of exercise, would my all-day walk be reason enough to cancel my daily workout or just my motivation? And finally, would sneakers really go with all of my outfits? There are definite question marks attached to the Walkstation. I’d have to try it (which New Yorkers can do today at 4 Columbus Circle) before committing to an opinion. In theory, though, I like it.

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